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From: Steve Hurst/CNN State Dept. Correspondent
In: Washington, D.C.
Posted: 4-22-97

Subject: The Greening Of Diplomacy

The State Department today issued its first Environmental Diplomacy report, about a year after former Secretary of State Warren Christopher announced the bureaucracy would take the lead in battling global environmental problems.

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright introduced the slick, 32-page, four-color document on Earth Day, listing "five environmental priorities":

  • Climate change (global warming)
  • Toxic emmisions
  • Species extinction
  • Deforestation
  • Marine degradation

Albright also announced that Washington was setting up "regional environmental hubs" at the U.S. embassies in Costa Rica, Uzbekistan, Ethiopia, Nepal, Jordan and Thailand.

In a preface to the document, Albright explained that U.S. policy in attacking environmental problems, was first and foremost a recognition that they threaten "the health of the American people and the future of our economy."

The report is printed on recycled paper.


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