Pollution took place in Seoul, 4-5 July. The participants from Korea, China,
and Japan agreed to exchange relevant information and data, to improve
research cooperation between them, to cooperate in the reduction of long-
distance transport of air pollutants, and to establish a Joint Steering
Committee for research coordination. At the Fifth Northeast Asian
Conference on Environmental Cooperation in Seoul, 7-8 October, representatives from Korea, China, the Mongolian Republic, and Russia ( North
Korea did not participate) discussed regional environmental problems such
as biological diversity, climate change, pollution reduction technology, comprehensive pollution management, waste management systems, and the control of transfrontier movements of waste.
(4) Bilateral Practices in International Environmental LawAccording to the decision by the Joint Committee on Environmental
Cooperation Between South Korea and China, established by the
Environmental Cooperation Agreement between the two countries ( 1993), a
workshop meeting for joint research on the various environmental aspects of
the Yellow Sea was held in Seoul, 9-10 April.Negotiations on the import and marketing of ozonized drinking fountain
water between Korea and Canada, which had long been an issue between the
two countries, led to the Korean Government's agreement to allow importation and sale of ozonized drinking water in 1997. Jae-Gon Lee
14. SOUTHERN AFRICA
A. SOUTH AFRICA
(1) The Constitution of the Republic of South AfricaThe most significant development of 1996 was the passing of the final constitution. The Interim Constitution (see 5 YbIEL 446 ( 1994)) provided for the
transition of the apartheid state to a democracy and required that a final constitution be negotiated by May 1996. The final constitution was passed as the
Constitution of the Republic of South Africa Act ( Government Gazette
17678, 18 December 1996) and it was to come into effect before 31 July 1997.A number of provisions in the final constitution are relevant to the development of environmental law.In addition to a property clause (Art. 25), an access to information clause
(Art. 32), and a right to just administrative action (Art. 33), the Bill of Rights
chapter includes an elaborate environmental clause. It is contained in Art. 24
and reads:Everyone has the right--
|a. ||to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and|
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Book title: Yearbook of International Environmental Law.
Contributors: Günther Handl - Editor, Jutta Brunnée - AssociateEditor, Philippe Sands - AssociateEditor.
Publisher: Clarendon Press.
Place of publication: Oxford.
Publication year: 1998.
Page number: 342.
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