20 Envtl. Pol'y & L. 1 (1990)

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                          EDITU3lAL



  This first issue of 1990 is late. We have been trying for two months to agree on a
closing date but material continued to arrive which we felt could not be held over until
the next issue. Finally, we have ended up with an issue which is actually two numbers!
In effect, we hope that all this information brings you up-to-date with the latest
developments.
  But we know already what willfollow in the next issue -for example, the report of
the Inter governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which met at the beginning
of February. At that Meeting, President Bush called for more research on the
uncertainty ofglobal warming. This speech caused much controversy, because the
original version was apparently watered down by the White House ChiefofStaff, John
Sununu. Indeed, William Reilly, head of the Environment Protection Agency (EPA),
was said by friends to be so angered by the half-hearted speech that he considered
resigning.
  Either as a result of the controversy or pure coincidence, Elliot Richardson, a past
member  ofseveralRepublican cabinets and leader ofthe US Law ofthe Sea delegation
from  1987 to 1980, stated in a New York Times article on 7 February, that an
institutional mechanism is needed to develop, institute and enforce regulations across
national boundaries - i.e., an international treaty, modelled perhaps on the LOS
Treaty, to co-ordinate and enforce action on the environment. The need for such a
mechanism  emerged clearly from the IPCC Meeting.
  Following long and arduous discussions, the General Assembly took a decision on
the 1992 Conference (seepage 39). Insiders were not surprised by the comeback of
Maurice Strong (see page 5) and it is clear that the first meeting of the Preparatory
Commission  for the Conference (PREPCOM),  dealing with organizational matters
will elect Ambassador Tommy Koh of Singapore as Chairman. The first substantive
meeting of the Prepcom isplannedfor the Autumn in Nairobi, combined with a special
session of the UNEP Governing Council. We have heard that there is no working
agreement up to now between UNEP and the 1992 Secretariat, since the latter will be
set up only after the first meeting of Prepcom.
  Ireland has taken over the Presidency of the European Commission for the next six
months. In his programmefor this period, the Irish ForeignMinistersaid that he hoped
that progress could be made on measures for dealing with nitrate pollution, the
protection of habitats, water quality, hazardous waste and access to environmental
information. However, the immediate priority for the Community must be for a better
protection of the ozone layer.
  In this regard, there will surely be a push for a radical revision of the Montreal
Protocol at the International Parliamentary Conference on the Environment, to be
held in Washington from 29 April to 4 May, under the chairmanship of Senator Al
Gore.



  Within the Editorial, there was nota nice place to congratulate BillReilly on his new
seat at the Cabinet round-table. But I don't wish to close without wishing him all the
success he himself wishes.


                                                          28 February 1990

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