16 September 2008: International Day for the Preservation of
the Ozone Layer was celebrated on 16 September 2008, with the theme "Montreal
Protocol – Global partnership for global benefits." In the UN Secretary-General's message
recognizing the day, Ban Ki-moon emphasized that the success of the Protocol
demonstrates that environmental protection can be sustained through economic
downturns, and encouraged governments to look for synergies among multilateral
environmental agreements as the Parties to the Protocol did when deciding to
accelerate the phase-out of hydrochlorofluorocarbons.