34 Envtl. Pol'y & L. 1 (2004)

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   This first issue of 2004 is again full of information. But as we have already mentioned, it is quite difficult
to cover all the developments we deem important and sometimes we have problems in making a choice.
However, our readers know that we have offered many times that, if they feel something important is missing
or additional information is needed, they can always ask us and we shall gladly try to supply this.


   It was with pleasure that we read the statement of the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan that every
country has a responsibility to move from an era of exploitation of the environment to an ethic of steward-
ship. To this, we have nothing to add.


   We  were not surprised to hear from UNEP that weather-related natural disasters in 2003 had cost the
world billions. However, we were surprised that UNEP is calling on Governments, business and industry to
promote  emissions-trading markets as one way of tackling the crisis linked to climate change.
   An acknowledgement for UNEP's  latest achievements is that its Executive Director, Prof Klaus Tipfer is
increasingly winning recognition for his competence, not only within the framework of his present responsi-
bilities, but also in a wider international context. He is being promoted by quite a number of prominent
people as a candidate for the next President of Germany.


   There are only afew - mainly two States - who are satisfied with the outcome of the Milan conference (see
page 24). One is probably waiting until the price is right to act; the other may never do so.


   The 32nd Conference of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation has voted a budget appropriation of
$749 million dollars (a cut of $51 million) to carry out its work in 2004-5. We noted in particular that
delegates also called for intensified action to combat illegalfishing and for increased support for small island
developing States.
   FAO  usually had Directors-General appointed for many years, but the Conference also decided that from
2005 on, the term should be six years, renewable only once for four years.


   In the References section we have announced several appointments at the top of international organisa-
tions. Here, we would like to add the name of Leonard Good from Canada, who has been appointed the new
Chairman  of the Global Environment Facility (GEF). We will miss Mohamed El-Ashry, but we are very
pleased with the choice of successor and wish him all success. We have known him for many years as a
trustee of the Canadian Elizabeth Haub Foundation for Environmental Law and Policy.

                                                                           28 January 2003

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