The delegation of Grenada wishes to record its gratitude to the Government and People of Arab Republic of Egypt for so graciously hosting us. We relish the opportunity to experience the beautiful facilities of Port Ghalib for the execution of this meeting.

We, also, extend our gratefulness to the Secretariat of the United Nations Environment Programme for its orderly organization of this – The Twenty-First Meeting of Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

We do so with the added pride in the knowledge that we are a party to the only United Nations Organisation that can boast of having a perfect slate of United Nations signatories.

We beg your permission to specially recognize the focused and strategic manner in which the Multi Lateral Fund and all of the implementing agencies continue to execute its funding and support functions for which we are eternally grateful.

Further, it is our fervent hope that such a funding mechanism that allowed us to achieve the remarkable successes under the Montreal Protocol will be maintained to allow for proper monitoring and continuation of the excellent work already established by my country.

In fact, it is because of this very strategic and focused approach, in large measure, that Grenada has been able to satisfy consistently its programmatic and developmental plans that are consistent with its ozone reduction commitments under the Montreal Protocol.

Grenada’s accelerated and completed phasing out of CFCs in 2006 ( four years ahead of schedule) is testimony to that strategic support to which we make reference.

In the process, Grenada has crafted and developed a licensing system that has become a permanent and effective centerpiece in Grenada’s Ozone Phasing out Management Plan. Today, the Ozone Unit within the Department of Energy, the Department of Customs, the Division of Trade, Importers and Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Technicians work collaboratively to support and maintain the integrity of the Montreal Protocol and the longevity of our planet.

Esteemed Co-chairs,

As we forge into the future, we recognize that science will deposit new information that will suggest the abandonment of practices that we hold to be safe today. Our public relations and public education initiatives are increasingly geared to preparing our population for such challenges.

We are confident, therefore, that our affiliation with the Montreal Protocol for ridding the planet of ozone depleting substances would enhance our contribution to its noble global cause.

We offer our assurances that Grenada will continue to observe and implement its obligations under the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and the Montreal Protocol on Substances that deplete the Ozone as a measure of our uncompromising position to continue to protect our fragile ozone layer and safeguard our climate system.

Thank you