In September 1993, Sydney hosted an Aboriginal Culture and
Heritage Conference as part of the UN International Year of the
World's Indigenous People. It focussed specifically on
Aboriginal culture and heritage and the relationship with other
environmental law and management issues. It also aimed to
encourage the recognition of Aboriginal people as indigenous
people of Australia, with a view to achieving culturally
appropriate change in government policy, law and systems,
focussing on the issue of self-determination.
"Notes from Rio" is a new publication produced by the
Victorian State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Australia. It explains the preparation of UNCED, its outcomes
of June 1993) and the possible effects on Australia. It has been
sent to all secondary schools in Victoria and most tertiary
institutions, to assist the teaching of international policy
development and implementation.