24 Envtl. Pol'y & L. 1 (1994)

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The 48th session ofthe UN General Assembly is now underway (seepage 2), and we shall report on the results
in the next issue. The Sixth Committee has discussed the report of the International Law Commission and
also the Secretary-General's report on the Decade of International Law and the Protection of the
Environment in Times ofArmed Conflict. Under the Chairmanship ofRazali Ismail, an exchange of views
was held on a background information paper concerning the CSD open-ended ad hoc working group of
finance and technology. The follow-up to UNCED was considered in joint meetings of the Committee for
Programme  and Coordination and the Administrative Committee on Coordination (ACC).



Two  important landmarks are also approaching : The Biodiversity Convention will come into force on the
29th ofDecember  (we shall bring a detailed report on the final negotiations in the next issue); and the UN
Law  of the Sea Convention needs only one additional ratification. A very demanding start to 1994!



Mostafa Tolba has appeared many times in this Journal, in both text and pictures, not only as UNEP' sformer
Executive Director, but also as Head of the Egyptian delegation to the CSD. And now - surprise, surprise
- we have been informed that he has been awarded the 1992 UN International Environment Prize. We are
delighted. Everyone expected that he would get this, and he most certainly deserved it. There is really no
need to add anything - but I will give my very old friend an additional hug when I see him again!



The UN Conference on Tropical Timber (4-15 October - see last Editorial), has againfailed to come up with
a compromise text, so there is no report this time. The Conference will reconvene in January 1994,follo wing
consultations in Japan. However, there is widespread pessimism regarding a possible success.



We  mentioned in the last Editorial the statement and proposals made by EC President Jacques Delors.
However,  now that we have received the official text, we realise that either the press put a different
construction on his words, or he had decided to speak offthe cuff, to make these points. We have asked his
office to comment.



It's obvious that we have changed the format of the layout. However, not to make it more appealing and
to follow what appears to have become a fashion in publishing; but mainly because the new layout enables
a more simplhfied processing of drawings, graphs and photographs. We can now include a better quality.



To our subscribers and readers, our best wishes for a very successful 1994.


December  1993


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