Japan has proposed the establishment of an international commission of 20 environmental experts to jolt governments into safeguarding the earth's natural resources.
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PRINCE CLAUS OF NETHERLANDS:"It is surely down to all of us to face the fact that some of the most urgent and dramatic environmental problems are rooted in just one single cause: poverty. This is in particular the case in the developing countries. Poverty is a pollutant -- pollutant we have to fight. It is the carrier of diseases we have to eradicate from our social and physical environment. Poverty is one of the most insidious and deadly enemies which wreaks havoc everywhere, defying all our fine words and well intended efforts."
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Background: Japan has proposed the establishment of an international commission of 20 environmental experts to jolt governments into safeguarding the earth's natural resources. The idea was put forward by Japan's representative Bunbei Hara at the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) conference, which opened on Monday (10 May) in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. Delegates from more than 100 countries also heard President Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire deplore the greed of all those who, for financial gain, close their eyes to the world's environmental crisis. Another speaker at Tuesday's (11 May) session was Prince Claus of the Netherlands, who urged governments to unite in a bid to eradicate the greatest pollutant of all, poverty.