[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 127 (Monday, July 2, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Page 39320]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-16138]


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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

[Public Notice 7943]


Suggestions for Environmental Cooperation Pursuant to the United 
States-Singapore Memorandum of Intent on Environmental Cooperation

AGENCY: Department of State.

ACTION: Notice of preparation of and request for comments regarding the 
2013-2014 United States--Singapore Plan of Action for Environmental 
Cooperation.

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SUMMARY: The Department invites the public, including NGOs, educational 
institutions, private sector enterprises and other interested persons, 
to submit written comments or suggestions regarding items for inclusion 
in the next Plan of Action for implementing the U.S.-Singapore 
Memorandum of Intent on Cooperation in Environmental Matters (MOI), 
signed on June 13, 2003. In preparing such comments or suggestions, we 
encourage submitters to refer to: (1) The U.S.-Singapore MOI, (2) the 
U.S.-Singapore 2011-2012 Plan of Action on Environmental Cooperation, 
(3) the U.S.-Singapore FTA Environment Chapter, and (4) the 
Environmental Review of the FTA. These documents are available at: 
http://www.state.gov/e/oes/env/trade/singapore/index.htm.

DATES: To be assured of timely consideration, all written comments or 
suggestions are requested no later than July 16, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Written comments or suggestions should be emailed to 
(MartirTorresMC@state.gov) or faxed (202) 647-5947) to Maina Martir-
Torres, Office of Environmental Policy, Bureau of Oceans and 
International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, U.S. Department of 
State, with the subject line ``U.S.-Singapore Environmental 
Cooperation.'' If you have access to the Internet, you can view and 
comment on this notice by going to: http://www.regulations.gov/#!home 
and searching on docket number: DOS-2012-0042.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Maina Martir-Torres, telephone (202) 
647-4750.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

U.S.-Singapore Memorandum of Intent on Cooperation in Environmental 
Matters

    The United States and Singapore signed the MOI on Cooperation in 
Environmental Matters, on June 13, 2003. The United States and 
Singapore negotiated the MOI in parallel with the U.S.-Singapore Free 
Trade Agreement. In Section 3 of the MOI, the Governments state that 
they plan to meet at least biennially to review the status of 
cooperation and to develop and update, as appropriate, a Plan of Action 
for Environmental Cooperation. The Plan of Action is a tool which 
identifies and outlines agreed upon environmental cooperation 
priorities, on-going efforts, and possibilities for future cooperation.
    The mutually identified goals of cooperation under the 2011-2012 
Plan of Action are: (1) Encouraging the bilateral and regional use of 
innovative and climate friendly environmental technology and pollution 
management techniques; (2) participating in regional initiatives on 
environmentally sustainable cities and sustainable management and trade 
in sustainably managed resources; and (3) further improving capacity to 
implement and enforce environmental laws, including further enhancing 
efforts of countries in the region to combat illegal trade in 
environmentally sensitive goods through bilateral and regional 
cooperative activities.
    For the 2013-2014 Plan of Action, we anticipate building upon 
cooperative work initiated under previous Plans of Action. We are 
requesting suggestions that may be considered for inclusion in the next 
Plan of Action.
    For additional information, please visit: http://www.state.gov/e/oes/env/trade/singapore/index.htm.
    Disclaimer: This Public Notice is a request for comments and 
suggestions, and is not a request for applications. No granting of 
money is directly associated with this request for suggestions for the 
Work Program and Plan of Action. There is no expectation of resources 
or funding associated with any comments or suggestions for the Work 
Program or the Plan of Action.

    Dated: June 22, 2012.
George Sibley,
Director, Office of Environmental Policy, Department of State.
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