43 Envtl. Pol'y & L. 1 (2013)

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As expressed in the previous Editorial, we expected more immediately implementable results from the 67th session of
the United Nations General Assembly (GA)following the outcome ofRio+20. However  the old saying can be applied
here, If you don't know what to do, create a committee. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has done just this
through the establishment of the Open Working Group tasked with developing sustainable development goals. Now we
have to hope that the 68' session will have all the groundwork in place to take action.



It is shocking to read Secretary-General Ban's statement that in the next 20 years we will need at least 50 percent more
food, 45 percent more energy and 30 percent more fresh water We would be interested to know how this is calculated
and to hear Ban's thoughts on how to meet these pressing demands.



Sometimes  there is hope. We heard from the University of Southern California that it is not only possible to safely
dispose of emissions of the greenhouse gas Fluoroform (an extremely damaging industrial by-product), but also to
utilise them in the production of medicines and agricultural chemicals.



Many  businesses now promote their operations using the term sustainability. It is sometimes difficult to confirm
whether advances are being made or the term is used only in an effort to influence public perception. Research
is needed to determine how business efforts match up with internationally accepted principles of sustainable
development.



Royal Dutch Shell received the 2012 Public Eye People's Award for Worst Company of the Year, citing the
company's  oil exploration in the Arctic. The recent grounding of Shell's Kullusk drillship near Alaska's Kodiak Island
leaves many observers concerned about the 2013 drilling season.



We  are always unhappy when good policy-makers leave their posts. A recent instance is the resignation of Lisa
Jackson, Administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency. It is unfortunate to hear rumours that continuous
attacks on her and the EPA and a lack of administration support for major Clean Air Act regulations may have had
some  bearing on her decision.



While some  are content with the outcome of the Doha Climate Summit (reported in this issue at pp. 18-21), others say
it was yet another debacle. We would formulate it differently: This was not a collective failure of the UN but rather a
victory for national economic egoism. The majority of participants were not consensus-oriented.



We  cannot close without offering congratulations to our friends Hans Lammers and Steve McCaffrey on their election
to the Implementation Committee of the UNECE Water Convention. We commend  the Parties on their excellent choices.

                                                                                              29 January 2013

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