Cowardly capitulation — the fight goes on
* * * A statement by the Wilderness Society In a dramatic capitulation to intense pressure from the Australian Government, the World Heritage Committee failed to list Kakadu as "in danger" at its meeting in Paris on Monday, July 12. As feared, the decision has dealt a body blow to the credibility of the World Heritage Committee and the World Heritage Convention. In an unprecedented step the Committee ignored the unanimous and unequivocal advice of its scientific, cultural and technical experts and the devastating attack on the Office of the Supervising Scientist by ICSU* which established that only four of their 17 areas of concern had been addressed. In so doing the authority of the advisory bodies and their capacity to assist with global World Heritage management has been irretrievably undermined. While Australia's demolition job on the World Heritage Committee's integrity will be tragic for the protection of all World Heritage areas, it will only serve to strengthen the determination of the Australian community to stand up to the power of corporate greed and government might and stop the Jabiluka mine. The scientific, cultural, technical and moral arguments have been won. It is a credit to the courage of the World Heritage Advisory bodies that they have been able to withstand the enormous pressure and relentless attacks from the Australian Government. *ICSU is the International Council for Science which was brought in as an independent scientific body.