22 Envtl. Pol'y & L. 1 (1992)

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  So much has been happening all at once that it is difficult to know what to report on now
and what to postpone until later. For example, with regard to the meetings of the UNCED
PrepCom,  so many things are occurring that it is difficult to keep track: New developments
since the last issue, and the next round of the Committee before us in March.
  Negotiations on the Biodiversity and Climate conventions (see also page 5) have
also taken place, and discussions are still continuing. We shall have to include these in the
next issue. So far, we have not yet reported on the follow-up of the Montevideo Programme
for the development and periodic review of environmental law for the decade 1981-1991,
or the regional meetings to prepare for the input into UNCED. However, we plan to publish
an extensive issue in April on the results of the decisive UNCED PrepCom meeting in New
York, especially as it is felt that the results coming from there will be the fundamental basis
for the Rio Conference. Any important decisions coming out of the meeting of the UNIECE
Senior Advisers on Environmental Problems will also be covered in that issue.
   Another meeting connected with the UNCED  preparatory process was the Special
Session of the UNEP Governing Council, held from 3-5 February in Nairobi. That meeting
gave a fore-taste of how difficult New York could be. The Latin American delegations
adopted a blocking tactic in the drafting committee, in particular with regard to the
resolution on the State of the Environment Report and on the Report of the Secretary-
General. The impression was that they wanted to postpone until Rio all discussion on how
the UN system should deal with the environment. Malaysia voiced doubt on the usefulness
of going to Rio at all! In addition, many delegations were unhappy that the full State of the
Environment Report would not be ready before August, too late for UNCED in June.
  On the other hand, Maurice Strong, UNCED Secretary-General, was in our office last
week, and he was optimistic with regard to the outlook for Rio. He felt that the problems
being encountered were to be expected at this stage.

                                                      17 February 1992









Last minute: We have just heard that the Biodiversity negotiations were very difficult,
but that a breakthrough has been achieved. Hopefully. Details next time.


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