Cablegate: U.S. Views On Proposed Un Environmental

This record is a partial extract of the original cable. The full text of the original cable is not available.



E.O. 12958: N/A


1. ESTH Counselor made the demarche requested in reftel to
Richard Ballhorn, Director General for Environment and
Sustainable Development Affairs in the Department of Foreign
Affairs, and to Nicole Ladouceur, Director General for
International Affairs in the Department of the Environment.
Ballhorn will attend the meeting in Sweden next week,
accompanied by Ladouceur's deputy, Nancy Hamzawi.

2. Ballhorn and Ladouceur both said that Canada is generally
supportive of the effort to improve global environmental
governance, and in that sense, supports the French initiative
for an international environmental organization. Ladouceur
noted that she was in Paris last week accompanying
Environment Minister Dion as he met with his French
counterpart. She said Dion reiterated Canada's support for
the French initiative. She told ESTH Counselor, however,
that Canada is pragmatic about the effort and knows that the
U.S. and other countries do not support it. Consequently,
Canada is under no illusion that there will be quick

3. Ballhorn took a somewhat different approach, noting that
the Swedes were not great supporters of the French proposal,
preferring instead an alternative which would create an
executive board for the UNEP in the hopes of infusing more
focus, coordination and efficiency into the organization. He
also emphasized Canada's interest in strengthening UNEP's
finances to make it less dependent on voluntary
contributions. Ballhorn said that Canada could live with
either the French or the Swedish approach, as long as it
improved global environmental governance.

Visit Canada's Classified Web Site at


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Myanmar: Military Must Stop Murdering And Jailing Protestors – Bachelet

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Thursday said security forces in Myanmar must “halt their vicious crackdown on peaceful protestors,” following another day of deadly violence across the country on Wednesday... More>>

Syria: Economic Decline, Rising Hunger And Surging Humanitarian Needs

Syria’s fragile economy has “suffered multiple shocks” over the past 18 months, with its currency plummeting and joblessness swelling as people struggle to cover their basic needs, the UN Emergency Relief Coordinator told the Security Council ... More>>

OECD: Final Quarter Of 2020 Shows Continued Recovery In G20 International Merchandise Trade

G20 international merchandise trade continued to rebound in the fourth quarter of 2020 ( exports up 7.2% and imports up 6.8%), following the sharp falls seen in the first half of 2020, as lockdown measures affected trade globally. Although growth ... More>>

Focus On: UN SDGs

UNFCCC: Greater Climate Ambition Urged As Initial NDC Synthesis Report Is Published

UN Climate Change today published the Initial NDC Synthesis Report, showing nations must redouble efforts and submit stronger, more ambitious national climate action plans in 2021 if they’re to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global temperature rise by 2°C—ideally 1.5°C—by the end of the century... More>>

2021: Critical Year To ‘reset Our Relationship With Nature’ – UN Chief

During this time of “crisis and fragility”, the UN chief told the United Nations Environment Assembly on Monday that human well-being and prosperity can be vastly improved by prioritizing nature-based solutions. Painting a picture of the turmoil ... More>>

Paris Agreement: UN Secretary-General António Guterres To Mark U.S. Reentry With Envoy For Climate John Kerry

Watch live at UN Secretary-General António Guterres will join U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John F. Kerry at an event marking the United States’ reentry into the Paris Agreement this Friday. The discussion with the Secretary-General ... More>>