Suggestions for Updated 2009-2011 Plan of Action for Working Group on Environmental Cooperation Established Pursuant to the United States-Morocco Joint Statement on Environmental Cooperation, 53542-53543 [E9-25081]

Download as PDF 53542 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 200 / Monday, October 19, 2009 / Notices the authority vested in me by the Act of October 19, 1965 (79 Stat. 985; 22 U.S.C. 2459), Executive Order 12047 of March 27, 1978, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. 2681, et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 6501 note, et seq.), Delegation of Authority No. 234 of October 1, 1999, Delegation of Authority No. 236 of October 19, 1999, as amended, and Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003 [68 FR 19875], I hereby determine that the objects in the exhibition: ‘‘The Lost World of Old Europe: The Danube Valley 5000– 3500BC,’’ imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, are of cultural significance. The objects are imported pursuant to loan agreements with the foreign owners or custodians. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit objects at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University, New York, NY, from on or about November 11, 2009, until on or about April 25, 2010, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. Public Notice of these Determinations is ordered to be published in the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information, including a list of the exhibit objects, contact Julie Simpson, Attorney-Adviser, Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State (telephone: 202–632–6467). The address is U.S. Department of State, L/PD, SA–5, 2200 C Street, NW., Suite 5H03, Washington, DC 20522–0505. No. 236 of October 19, 1999, as amended, and Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003 [68 FR 19875], I hereby determine that the objects in the exhibition: ‘‘The Origins of El Greco: Icon Painting in Venetian Crete,’’ imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, are of cultural significance. The objects are imported pursuant to loan agreements with the foreign owners or custodians. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit objects at the Onassis Cultural Center, New York, NY, from on or about November 16, 2009, until on or about February 27, 2010, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. Public Notice of these Determinations is ordered to be published in the Federal Register. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information, including a list of the exhibit objects, contact Julie Simpson, Attorney-Adviser, Office of the Legal Adviser, U.S. Department of State (telephone: 202–632–6467). The address is U.S. Department of State, L/PD, SA–5, 2200 C Street, NW., Suite 5H03, Washington, DC 20522–0505. Dated: October 9, 2009. Maura M. Pally, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Professional and Cultural Exchanges, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State. [FR Doc. E9–24950 Filed 10–16–09; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF STATE BILLING CODE 4710–05–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: ‘‘The Origins of El Greco: Icon Painting in Venetian Crete’’ SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Act of October 19, 1965 (79 Stat. 985; 22 U.S.C. 2459), Executive Order 12047 of March 27, 1978, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. 2681, et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 6501 note, et seq.), Delegation of Authority No. 234 of October 1, 1999, Delegation of Authority 16:51 Oct 16, 2009 BILLING CODE 4710–05–P [Public Notice 6790] Suggestions for Updated 2009–2011 Plan of Action for Working Group on Environmental Cooperation Established Pursuant to the United States—Morocco Joint Statement on Environmental Cooperation ACTION: Notice and request for comments. [Public Notice 6789] VerDate Nov<24>2008 Dated: October 9, 2009. Maura M. Pally, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Professional and Cultural Exchanges, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State. [FR Doc. E9–24952 Filed 10–16–09; 8:45 am] Jkt 220001 SUMMARY: The Department of State is soliciting ideas and suggestions for environmental cooperation projects between the United States and Morocco. The United States and Morocco are in the process of developing an updated 2009–2011 Plan of Action pursuant to the United States-Morocco Joint Statement on Environmental Cooperation issued in 2004. The Joint Statement outlines broad areas of environmental cooperation to assist Morocco in complying with its obligations under the United StatesMorocco Free Trade Agreement. It is PO 00000 Frm 00081 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 envisioned that the 2009–2011 Plan of Action will focus on the following themes: (1) Institutional and policy strengthening for effective implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, (2) biodiversity conservation and improved management of protected areas, and other ecologically important ecosystems, (3) improved private sector environmental performance, and (4) environmental education, transparency, and public participation in environmental decision-making and enforcement. The Department of State invites Government agencies and the public, including NGOs, educational institutions, private sector enterprises, and other interested persons, to submit written comments or suggestions regarding items for the Plan of Action. In preparing such comments or suggestions, we encourage submitters to refer to: (1) The U.S.-Morocco Joint Statement on Environmental Cooperation, (2) the 2005–2007 Plan of Action, (3) the Free Trade Agreement between the United States and Morocco, (4) the 2004 Final Environmental Review of the U.S.-Morocco Free Trade Agreement, and (5) the website of the Moroccan Ministry of the Environment (French and Arabic) which are all available or linked at: http:// www.state.gov/g/oes/env/trade/. In the near future, the Department of State will be seeking ideas and suggestions for environmental cooperation projects with U.S. Free Trade Agreement partners Bahrain and Oman through similar Federal Register notices. DATES: To be assured of timely consideration, all written comments or suggestions are requested no later than November 4, 2009. ADDRESSES: Written comments or suggestions should be e-mailed (LowtherAB@state.gov) or faxed ((202) 647–1052) to Alan Lowther, U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science, Office of Environmental Policy, with the subject line ‘‘U.S.-Morocco Work Plan on Environmental Cooperation.’’ For those with access to the Internet, comments may be submitted at the following address: http://www.regulations.gov/ search/Regs/home.html#home. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alan Lowther, telephone (202) 647– 6777. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In Paragraph 5 of the U.S.-Morocco Joint Statement on Environmental Cooperation, the United States and Morocco announced the establishment of a Working Group on Environmental E:\FR\FM\19OCN1.SGM 19OCN1 sroberts on DSKD5P82C1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 200 / Monday, October 19, 2009 / Notices Cooperation intended to meet regularly. The mandate of the Working Group is to advance environmental protection in Morocco by developing cooperative environmental activities that take into account environmental priorities and that are agreed to by the two Governments. The Working Group will develop a Plan of Action towards meeting this goal. The 2005–2007 Plan of Action focused on a set of mutually identified goals in line with the main themes of cooperation noted above. These goals were: (1) Strengthening the capacity to develop, implement and enforce environmental laws and regulations, (2) encouraging the development of incentives and voluntary mechanisms to contribute to the achievement and maintenance of high levels of environmental protection, (3) promoting opportunities for public participation in environmental protection efforts and improving public access to information and access to justice on environmental issues, (4) protecting coastal environmental zones and estuaries and preventing the over-exploitation of fisheries resources, (5) safeguarding important natural resources, such as water, and protected areas in Morocco, and (6) promoting the growth of the environmental-technology business sector. Some indicative actions undertaken in these areas have included workshops on environmental impact assessment and the use of economic incentives for environmental decision making. Ongoing work includes: Assistance to Morocco on enhanced compliance with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) through legislation; technical assistance for a plan to enforce environmental rules in the textile sector; and development of a plan to manage waste from olive oil factories. The United States Agency for International Development, the Department of the Interior, the Department of Commerce, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Agriculture and the Trade and Development Agency and others have been involved in implementing these activities. The 2009–2011 Plan of Action seeks to build upon the progress made in the previous Plan of Action. The Plan of Action to be developed envisions cooperative activities in four main priority areas: Institutional and policy strengthening; biodiversity conservation and improved management of protected areas; improved private sector environmental performance; and environmental education, transparency, and public VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:51 Oct 16, 2009 Jkt 220001 participation in environmental decisionmaking and enforcement. Please refer to the State Department Web site at http://www.state.gov/g/oes/ env/trade/. Dated: October 13, 2009. Lawrence J. Gumbiner, Director, Office of Environmental Policy, U.S. Department of State. [FR Doc. E9–25081 Filed 10–16–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–09–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2009–0256] Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of a Currently Approved Information Collection Request: Financial Responsibility for Motor Carriers of Passengers and Motor Carriers of Property AGENCY: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. SUMMARY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its review and approval and invites public comment. The information collected will be used to help ensure that motor carriers of passengers and property maintain appropriate levels of financial responsibility to operate on public highways. DATES: We must receive your comments on or before December 18, 2009. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments bearing the Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket Number FMCSA–2009–0256 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Docket Management Facility; U.S. Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, Washington, DC 20590–0001. • Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12–140, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington DC 20590–0001 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., e.t., Monday through Friday, except Federal Holidays. • Fax: 1–202–493–2251. PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53543 Each submission must include the Agency name and the docket number for this Notice. Note that DOT posts all comments received without change to http://www.regulations.gov, including any personal information included in a comment. Please see the Privacy Act heading below. Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments, go to http:// www.regulations.gov at any time or Room W12–140 on the ground level of the West Building, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590– 0001 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. The FDMS is available 24 hours each day, 365 days each year. If you want acknowledgement that we received your comments, please include a self-addressed, stamped envelope or post card or print the acknowledgement page that appears after submitting them on-line. Privacy Act: Anyone may search the electronic form of all comments received into any of our dockets by the name of the individual submitting the comment (or of the person signing the comment, if submitted on behalf of an association, business, labor union, etc.). You may review the DOT’s complete Privacy Act Statement in the Federal Register on April 11, 2000 (65 FR 19476). This information is also available at http://docketsinfo.dot.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Dorothea Grymes, Commercial Enforcement Division, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, West Building 6th Floor, 1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE., Washington, DC 20590. Telephone: 202–385–2405; e-mail: dorothea.grymes@dot.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background: The Secretary of Transportation is responsible for implementing regulations which establish minimal levels of financial responsibility for: (1) For-hire motor carriers of property to cover public liability, property damage and environment restoration, and (2) for-hire motor carriers of passengers to cover public liability and property damage. The Endorsement for Motor Carrier Policies of Insurance for Public Liability (Forms MCS–90/90B) and the Motor Carrier Public Liability Surety Bond (Forms MCS–82/82B) contain the minimum amount of information necessary to document that a motor carrier of property or passengers has obtained, and has in effect, the minimum levels of financial responsibility as set forth in applicable regulations (motor carriers of property— E:\FR\FM\19OCN1.SGM 19OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

[Public Notice 6790]


Suggestions for Updated 2009-2011 Plan of Action for Working 
Group on Environmental Cooperation Established Pursuant to the United 
States--Morocco Joint Statement on Environmental Cooperation

ACTION: Notice and request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Department of State is soliciting ideas and suggestions 
for environmental cooperation projects between the United States and 
Morocco. The United States and Morocco are in the process of developing 
an updated 2009-2011 Plan of Action pursuant to the United States-
Morocco Joint Statement on Environmental Cooperation issued in 2004. 
The Joint Statement outlines broad areas of environmental cooperation 
to assist Morocco in complying with its obligations under the United 
States-Morocco Free Trade Agreement. It is envisioned that the 2009-
2011 Plan of Action will focus on the following themes: (1) 
Institutional and policy strengthening for effective implementation and 
enforcement of environmental laws, (2) biodiversity conservation and 
improved management of protected areas, and other ecologically 
important ecosystems, (3) improved private sector environmental 
performance, and (4) environmental education, transparency, and public 
participation in environmental decision-making and enforcement.
    The Department of State invites Government agencies and the public, 
including NGOs, educational institutions, private sector enterprises, 
and other interested persons, to submit written comments or suggestions 
regarding items for the Plan of Action. In preparing such comments or 
suggestions, we encourage submitters to refer to: (1) The U.S.-Morocco 
Joint Statement on Environmental Cooperation, (2) the 2005-2007 Plan of 
Action, (3) the Free Trade Agreement between the United States and 
Morocco, (4) the 2004 Final Environmental Review of the U.S.-Morocco 
Free Trade Agreement, and (5) the website of the Moroccan Ministry of 
the Environment (French and Arabic) which are all available or linked 
at: http://www.state.gov/g/oes/env/trade/. In the near future, the 
Department of State will be seeking ideas and suggestions for 
environmental cooperation projects with U.S. Free Trade Agreement 
partners Bahrain and Oman through similar Federal Register notices.

DATES: To be assured of timely consideration, all written comments or 
suggestions are requested no later than November 4, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Written comments or suggestions should be e-mailed 
(LowtherAB@state.gov) or faxed ((202) 647-1052) to Alan Lowther, U.S. 
Department of State, Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science, Office 
of Environmental Policy, with the subject line ``U.S.-Morocco Work Plan 
on Environmental Cooperation.'' For those with access to the Internet, 
comments may be submitted at the following address: http://www.regulations.gov/search/Regs/home.html#home.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alan Lowther, telephone (202) 647-
6777.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In Paragraph 5 of the U.S.-Morocco Joint 
Statement on Environmental Cooperation, the United States and Morocco 
announced the establishment of a Working Group on Environmental

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Cooperation intended to meet regularly. The mandate of the Working 
Group is to advance environmental protection in Morocco by developing 
cooperative environmental activities that take into account 
environmental priorities and that are agreed to by the two Governments. 
The Working Group will develop a Plan of Action towards meeting this 
goal.
    The 2005-2007 Plan of Action focused on a set of mutually 
identified goals in line with the main themes of cooperation noted 
above. These goals were: (1) Strengthening the capacity to develop, 
implement and enforce environmental laws and regulations, (2) 
encouraging the development of incentives and voluntary mechanisms to 
contribute to the achievement and maintenance of high levels of 
environmental protection, (3) promoting opportunities for public 
participation in environmental protection efforts and improving public 
access to information and access to justice on environmental issues, 
(4) protecting coastal environmental zones and estuaries and preventing 
the over-exploitation of fisheries resources, (5) safeguarding 
important natural resources, such as water, and protected areas in 
Morocco, and (6) promoting the growth of the environmental-technology 
business sector. Some indicative actions undertaken in these areas have 
included workshops on environmental impact assessment and the use of 
economic incentives for environmental decision making. Ongoing work 
includes: Assistance to Morocco on enhanced compliance with the 
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora 
and Fauna (CITES) through legislation; technical assistance for a plan 
to enforce environmental rules in the textile sector; and development 
of a plan to manage waste from olive oil factories. The United States 
Agency for International Development, the Department of the Interior, 
the Department of Commerce, the Environmental Protection Agency, the 
Department of Agriculture and the Trade and Development Agency and 
others have been involved in implementing these activities. The 2009-
2011 Plan of Action seeks to build upon the progress made in the 
previous Plan of Action.
    The Plan of Action to be developed envisions cooperative activities 
in four main priority areas: Institutional and policy strengthening; 
biodiversity conservation and improved management of protected areas; 
improved private sector environmental performance; and environmental 
education, transparency, and public participation in environmental 
decision-making and enforcement.
    Please refer to the State Department Web site at http://www.state.gov/g/oes/env/trade/.

    Dated: October 13, 2009.
Lawrence J. Gumbiner,
Director, Office of Environmental Policy, U.S. Department of State.
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