41 Envtl. Pol'y & L. 1 (2011)

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   Many  interesting articles have been published on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, with some
stating that the catastrophe was avoidable, but had been caused by negligent responses, excessive
focus on profit issues and, generally, falling down on the job. Consideration and planning for the
future is essential to ensure that this problem is not repeated, particularly when many other compa-
nies are already seeking authorisation for more deep-sea drilling.



   In the UN Treaty Office, the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit Sharing (EPL 40/6, p. 288)
has opened for signature. At the opening ceremony, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called on
all countries to expedite the early entry of the Protocol into force, to promote sustainable develop-
ment and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. We hope that all our readers will help
push for quick action at the national level.



   The G-20 leaders have asked for indicative guidelines, in the form of a range of indicators, which
could facilitate timely identification of large imbalances and enable the differentiation between
sustainable and unsustainable trade balances. Until we have seen such guidelines, we cannot know
whether they adequately serve the goals of sustainability.



   The year 2010 ranked as the warmest on record according to the WMO. The report added that
last year also witnessed a large number of extreme weather events.
   In this connection, we are happy to hear that the EU is on track to meet the 2020 energy targets
calling on all Member States to draw at least 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources.



   For those seeking to publish the news, it is often necessary to get additional information and
background. Most agencies are very cooperative with such requests. But there is always at least one
exception to every rule. In this case, the Secretariat of the UN Economic Commission for Europe
(ECE)  often does not provide additional information, submitting reports/results of recent meetings
very late (sometimes months after the meeting is over), and completely ignoring requests for infor-
mation or short summaries in the meantime.

                                                                          9 February 2011


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