TITLE

TO PREVENT A WORLD WASTELAND

AUTHOR(S)
Kennan, George F.
PUB. DATE
April 1970
SOURCE
Foreign Affairs;Apr1970, Vol. 48 Issue 3, p401
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article comments on international arrangements dealing with or affecting environmental problems. There is today in existence a considerable body of international arrangements, including several of great value, dealing with or affecting in one way or another the environmental problem. A formidable number of international organizations, some intergovernmental, some privately organized, some connected with the United Nations, some independently based, conduct programs in this field. As a rule, these programs are of a research nature. In most instances the relevance to problems of environmental conservation is incidental rather than central. While most of them are universal in focus, there are a few that approach the problem and in some instances very usefully at the regional level. Underlying a portion of these activities, and providing in some instances the legal basis for it, are a number of multilateral agreements that have environmental objectives or implications. Hence, all this is useful and encouraging. But whether these activities are all that is needed is another question. Only a body fortified by extensive scientific expertise could accurately measure their adequacy to the needs at hand.
ACCESSION #
5801300

 

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