In an effort to bring together a broad range of people and citizen groups to work together to achieve sustainable development, several Japanese NGOs which were actively involved in UNCED have formed the Peoples Forum 2001. The Forum plans to collect and exchange information on sustainable development initiatives, serve as a focal point for regional activities, and to develop and present alternative proposals for taking action on environment and development issues. They organized an international NGO symposium "A Step Towards A Sustainable Society: From Confrontation to Partnership" from 4 to 6 February 1994 in Tokyo, Japan.