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German Chancellor, Helmut Kohl, flagged support for establishing an authoritative world environmental organization Monday. At a four-nation press conference, he invited consideration of a “global environmental umbrella organization of the UN with UNEP as a major pillar.” There is some NGO support for a UN environmental superbody to act as a counterweight to the WTO. With US resistance to the idea, given Chancellor Kohl’s preference for funding on an assessment basis, some expect that attention will continue to focus on strengthening bodies like UNEP.