Ozone Diplomacy: New Directions in Safeguarding the Planet

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Hailed in the Foreign Service Journal as "a landmark book that should command the attention of every serious student of American diplomacy, international environmental issues, or the art of negotiation," and cited in Nature for its "worthwhile insights on the harnessing of science and diplomacy," the first edition of Ozone Diplomacy offered an insider's view of the politics, economics, science, and diplomacy involved in creating the precedent-setting treaty to protect the Earth: the 1987 Montreal Protocol on ...

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Overview

Hailed in the Foreign Service Journal as "a landmark book that should command the attention of every serious student of American diplomacy, international environmental issues, or the art of negotiation," and cited in Nature for its "worthwhile insights on the harnessing of science and diplomacy," the first edition of Ozone Diplomacy offered an insider's view of the politics, economics, science, and diplomacy involved in creating the precedent-setting treaty to protect the Earth: the 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer.

The first edition ended with a discussion of the revisions to the protocol in 1990 and offered lessons for global diplomacy regarding the then just-maturing climate change issue. Now Richard Benedick—a principal architect and the chief U.S. negotiator of the historic treaty—expands the ozone story, bringing us to the eve of the tenth anniversary of the Montreal Protocol. He describes subsequent negotiations to deal with unexpected major scientific discoveries and important amendments adding new chemicals and accelerating the phaseout schedules. Implementing the revised treaty has forced the protocol's signatories to confront complex economic and political problems, including North-South financial and technology transfer issues, black markets for banned CFCs, revisionism, and industry's willingness and ability to develop new technologies and innovative substitutes. In his final chapter Benedick offers a new analysis applying the lessons of the ozone experience to ongoing climate change negotiations.

Ozone Diplomacy has frequently been cited as the definitive book on the most successful environment treaty, and is essential reading for those concerned about the future of our planet.

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The US government's negotiator in discussions that led to the 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer recounts how the dedicated team saved the world from possible destruction. Also available in paper (65001-8), $10.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Foreign Affairs
This superb book...makes clear that governments will often have to act while there is still much scientific uncertainty...an authoritative, well-written work. -- Foreign Affairs
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780674650015
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1991
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Ambassador Richard Elliot Benedick has had extensive diplomatic and negotiating experience in the U.S. Foreign Service. As a result of his work on the historic Montreal Protocol, he received in 1988 the highest presidential career public service honor: the Presidential Distinguished Service Award. In September 1997 he received the United Nations Environment Programme's Ozone Award for his work in negotiating the protocol and subsequent efforts on behalf of the ozone layer.

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the First Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Preface to the Enlarged Edition
Abbreviations
1 Lessons from History 1
2 The Science: Models of Uncertainty 9
3 Spray Cans and Europolitics 23
4 Prelude to Consensus 40
5 Forging the U.S. Position 51
6 The Sequence of Negotiations 68
7 Points of Debate 77
8 The Immediate Aftermath 98
9 New Science, New Urgency 108
10 The Road to Helsinki 118
11 The Protocol in Evolution 129
12 The South Claims a Role 148
13 Strong Decisions in London 163
14 Accelerating the Phaseout 193
15 A New Phase for the Protocol 218
16 "Common but Differentiated Responsibilities" 241
17 Promoting Compliance 269
18 New Controls for North and South 287
19 A New Global Diplomacy: Ozone Lessons and Climate Change 306
Chronology 335
App. A Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, March 1985 341
App. B Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer, September 1987 353
App. C London Revisions to the Montreal Protocol, June 1990 (Excerpts) 365
App. D Montreal Protocol Phaseout Schedules 379
App. E Terms of Reference for the Multilateral Fund 381
App. F Terms of Reference of the Executive Committee 385
App. G Noncompliance Procedure 388
App. H The Nearly Universal Treaty: Parties to the 1985 Vienna Convention and 1987 Montreal Protocol, with Ratifications to the 1990 London Amendment and 1992 Copenhagen Amendment 390
Notes 395
Select Ozone Bibliography 434
Index 436
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