On November 8th 1989, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher gave an inspiring speech to the UN General Assembly about the environment and climate change. Over the course of her half hour speech, she set out the problems we face and how we could resolve them. It was one of a number of inspiring climate change speeches by the then Prime Minister.
President: I have good pleasure in welcoming the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, High Excellency The Right Honorable Margaret Thatcher and I invite her to address the General Assembly.
Margaret Thatcher – British Prime Minister (1989)
Mr President, it gives me great pleasure to return to the Podium of this assembly. When I last spoke here four years ago, on the 40th anniversary of the United Nations, the message that I and others like me gave was one of encouragement to the organization to play the great role allotted to it.
Of all the challenges faced by the world community in those four years, one has grown clearer than any other in both urgency and importance — I refer to the threat to our global environment. I shall take the opportunity of addressing the General Assembly to speak on that subject alone.