Israel Environment Bulletin Spring 1995-5755, Vol. 18, No. 2

AL GORE INAUGURATES GLOBE PROGRAM

Israel was privileged to host Vice President Al Gore during his visit to the country in March 1995. A highlight of the trip was the official signing of the GLOBE agreement at the Ziv school in Jerusalem, one of twenty Israeli schools which are taking an active part in the program. Israel is proud to be among the first countries to join the GLOBE initiative and salutes Vice President Al Gore for his vision and dedication in making this dream a reality.

The following letter was received by the Ministers of Education and the Environment soon after the inauguration ceremony in Jerusalem:

Dear Mr. Minister:

I want to express my personal appreciation that Israel has joined the United States and other nations in the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program.

As we recognize the 25th Earth Day, it is appropriate that we also celebrate the official beginning of the GLOBE program. GLOBE is a unique environmental science and education program, and I am confident that, in the years ahead, many more nations will join us in this important international endeavor. Ultimately, our combined efforts will enhance environmental awareness and contribute significantly to the scientific understanding of the earth.

I welcome Israel as a charter member of the GLOBE international partnership. I have been very pleased to hear about GLOBE activities in Israel. It was my great pleasure to witness the signing of our bilateral GLOBE agreement in Jerusalem last month, and I am grateful for the support of your ministry. It was a special delight to visit the Ziv School and observe the wonderful work your students and teachers are doing in the area of environmental education.

Please accept my very best wishes. I look forward to our continuing partnership in GLOBE. Together, we all can make a lasting difference for our planet.

Sincerely,

Al Gore