date: Wed, 22 Aug 2001 09:27:16 -0700
from: "Benedick, Richard E" <Richard.BenedickatXYZxyz.gov>
subject: FW: International Eminent Persons Meeting - Sept 3 and 4, 2001,
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I thought you might be interested in this press release on the meeting I've been
invited to in preparation for the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development.
Following further consultations in Tokyo, I'll be at WZB September 7 or 10, and
remain in Berlin until October 5 (with intervening short travel to Bonn and
From: Jerry Velasquez [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, August 15, 2001 6:15 AM
To: World Summit on Sustainable Development Info Mailing List
Subject: International Eminent Persons Meeting - Sept 3 and 4, 2001,
14 August 2001
WSSD INTERNATIONAL EMINENT PERSONS MEETING ON INTER-LINKAGES
The United Nations University (UNU), in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs, Japan, Ministry of the Environment, Japan, and Global Legislators
Organization for a Balanced Environment (GLOBE) International, is organizing a
World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) International Eminent Persons
Meeting on Inter-Linkages - Bridging Problems and Solutions to Work Towards
Sustainable Development. The meeting will be held at the UN House in Tokyo,
Japan, on 3 and 4 September 2001.
A year before the scheduled World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD),
most experts agree that progress towards the goals set in Agenda 21 has been
unsatisfactory. The world still awaits a modus operandi for ground-level action.
It is not that we have misunderstood the problems, but that we have failed to
prepare the socio-economic systems needed to deal with these complex,
inter-linked issues. Our laws, conventions, treaties, institutions, mechanisms
and information are all developed in isolation, and often segregated based on
topic or theme. To promote the further implementation of Agenda 21, we must fill
the gap between our perception of problems and our solution-making process
through strategic approaches, such as Inter-Linkages, that can clarify the
linkages between our ecosystems and our socio-economic institutions.
A number of eminent policy makers and scholars will participate in the meeting,
including: Maurice Strong, Senior Adviser to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan,
Chairman of UN Reform and Secretary-General of UNCED; Jan Pronk, Minister of
Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment of the Netherlands, and President of
the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change's COP6; Emil Salim, former
Indonesian State Minister for Population and Environment, and Chairman of the UN
Commission on Sustainable Development Bureau of the Preparatory Committee of the
WSSD; Ambassador Richard Benedick, former US chief negotiator for the Ozone
Convention and author of the book Ozone Diplomacy; Prof. Norman Myers, leading
British ecologist and environmental economist and visiting fellow at Green
College, Oxford University; Mr. Delmar Blasco, Director General of the RAMSAR
Convention; Mr. Martin Kohr, Executive Director of Third World Network and one
of the South's most prominent social commentators; and Akiko Domoto, Governor of
Chiba Prefecture and former President of GLOBE International.
Key issues to be deliberated in the meeting are the inter-linkages between the
chapters of Agenda 21 (specifically, the linkages between globalization and
sustainable development), the inter-linkages between multilateral environmental
agreements and strategies for sustainable development.
The outputs of the meeting will be fed into the WSSD preparatory conferences and
Plenary sessions will be broadcast live on the Internet. Please visit
www.unu.edu on the day of the conference to view the broadcast. IISD's
Sustainable Development will also cover the meeting. Please visit www.iisd.ca
for photos, daily summaries and real-audio clips.
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For further information, please contact:
The UNU Public Affairs Section: Tel. (03) 5467-1243 & -1246; Fax (03) 3406