WASHINGTON - August 6 -
At the Earth Summit to be held in Johannesburg, August 26 to September 4, world
leaders will be grappling with a variety of environmental issues aimed at making
concrete commitments to help the world achieve sustainability. Energy, water,
climate change, toxics, marine, fisheries, funding and trade will have a major
portion of the agenda at this largest of environmental meetings since the Rio
Earth Summit in 1992.
In addition to the contingent from WWF who will be attending this year's Earth
Summit, WWF has a team of experts who can provide background and comment on these
several major areas of discussion at the Summit.
Attending the Earth Summit and available for comment from now until the end
of the Summit will be:
-- Brooks B. Yeager,
vice president for World Wildlife Fund's Global Threats Program.
Yeager will lead WWF's contingent of experts at this year's Summit. At WWF,
Yeager supervises the efforts of five campaign teams working to conserve global
forests and ocean resources, to avert damage to the global environment from climate
change and toxic pollution, and to assure that world commerce is environmentally
Before joining WWF, Yeager was the deputy assistant secretary for environment
and development at the U.S. State Department. At State, Yeager was responsible
for the development and negotiation of U.S. Government policy in a wide variety
of global environmental discussions. Yeager was the United States' lead negotiator
for the recently concluded UNEP Global Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.
-- Clifton Curtis,
director, World Wildlife Fund's Toxics Program.
Curtis directs WWF's priority work on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)
and Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals (EDCs). Those efforts seek to reduce and eliminate
threats posed to wildlife and humans by toxic chemicals in agriculture and industry,
and to identify and promote environmentally safe, effective and affordable alternatives.
He will be part of WWF's delegation to the Earth Summit.
-- Jennifer Morgan,
director, Climate Change Program.
Previously, Morgan was coordinator of the U.S. Climate Action Network, based
in Washington, D.C. She has been a campaign coordinator for the International
Council for Local Environmental Initiatives in Freiburg, Germany, and worked as
a fellow at the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation
and Nuclear Safety as well as the European Business Council for Sustainable Energy
Future, in Bonn, Germany. Morgan will also be a member of the WWF delegation to
the Earth Summit.
Available for comment on issues covered at the Earth Summit from now until
the end of the Summit:
-- David Sandalow,
executive vice president of World Wildlife Fund.
Sandalow is currently responsible for management of WWF's conservation, advocacy
and research programs. Prior to his current position, he served as assistant secretary
of state for oceans, environment and science. In this capacity he helped manage
U.S. diplomacy on a broad range of environment, science and technology issues.
Prior to his State Department post, Sandalow advised the President and Vice President
on global environmental issues, while serving jointly as senior director for environmental
affairs, National Security Council and associate director for the global environment,
White House Council on Environment
-- Robin Abell, freshwater
conservation biologist for WWF's Conservation Science Program.
Abell currently oversees a similar assessment of Africa's freshwater ecoregions;
works on global-scale mapping of freshwater ecoregions; and helps to develop ecoregion-based
conservation strategies for a number of high-priority areas, including the Amazon,
Congo, and Mekong River systems, Southeast rivers and streams of the United States,
and the Chihuahuan Desert.
-- Scott Burns, director
of the Marine Conservation Program.
Burns also directs WWF International's Endangered Seas Campaign. Before joining
WWF, Burns was a professor at the University of Maryland School of Law. In addition,
he has been affiliated with a variety of other conservation organizations, and
worked as a commercial fisherman on the Chesapeake Bay.
-- Stephen Kelleher,
deputy director of the Global Forest Program.
Kelleher leads WWF's efforts on issues related to forests and climate and serves
on the advisory group for forest landscape restoration. Kelleher has over 13 years
of experience working in tropical forestry and conservation in Africa, Asia, and
the Caribbean. His technical experience in forestry, environment and biodiversity
conservation includes field-level project implementation, grant and contract management,
and national level environmental policy planning.
-- Claudia Saladin,
director of WWF's Sustainable Commerce Program.
Saladin heads up WWF's program
which focuses on elimination of environmentally harmful fishing subsidies, forests
and trade in the western hemisphere, and sustainability of trade agreements.