Tuesday, March 2, 2010

UN meeting to launch World Environment Organization

TUNISIAONLINENEWS- During the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) annual meeting held recently in Nusa Dua, Indonesia between ministers of environment, it was decided to form a World Environment Organization similar to the World Trade Organization as part of environmental governance reform.

UNEP’s executive director, Mr. Achim Steiner, said that governments had raised the possibility of a World Environment Organization (WEO) adding that “the status quo … is no longer an option. Within the broader reform options, the WEO concept is one of them”.


Mr. Steiner also said that the WEO could be modeled on the World Trade Organization.

The Nusa Dua Declaration called for governments to assist in ensuring the reconstruction of quake-struck Haiti, is carried out in an environmentally- friendly manner and that recommendations from a previous report on environmental and infrastructure damage in the Gaza strip, be implemented.

In addition, the declaration also called to meet in June, 2010 to decide to create a new international panel of scientists specialized in biodiversity, at the pattern of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Steiner stressed that the meeting showed a world willingness to move ahead of talks in Copenhagen that ended with a non-binding agreement to combat climate change

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