Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

UN court of the environment receives FSM support

POHNPEI, Palikir (FSM Information Service): July 2000 - The call for a United Nations International Court of the Environment has met enthusiastic support from Federated States of Micronesia President Leo A. Falcam.

In a letter dated July 13, President Falcam told Judge Amedeo Postiglione, director of the International Court of the Environment Foundation in Rome, Italy, that the "FSM welcomes efforts to promote the responsible use by all nations of the environmental resources that we hold in trust for the benefit of future generations. Please be assured that the Federated States of Micronesia is prepared to lend its support to the cause of setting up an International Court for the Environment."

The President told the judge that he had read the documents sent to him "with interest" and has forwarded them to the FSM Sustainable Development Council for further review.

According to the Statute of the International Environmental Agency and the International Court of the Environment, an international environmental agency consisting of 15 members appointed by the United Nations General Assembly from among 100 candidates submitted to the Secretary General of the United Nations would be chosen.

This agency would be established as a permanent organ to control and monitor the state of the environment of the planet, carry out research, plan global initiatives for environmental protection and restoration as well as other tasks.

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FSM Office of the President
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