Meetings

The Global 500 Forum, an NGO of people and organizations awarded UNEP's Global 500 Award for Environmental Achievement, came together from 16 to 19 December 1992 in Nairobi, Kenya. Amongst the activities at the workshop were discussions of Agenda 21 projects for the Global 500 Forum and what UNCED failed to address, as well as project team reports.

The International NGO Forum is organizing a series of regional and sub-regional meetings to discuss the future of the international NGO movement and the continued dissemination and implementation of the NGO treaties. The first such meeting was held in Kenya in March 1993.

In May 1993 the World Resources Institute's "NGO Project" hosted a meeting in Quito, Ecuador, which brought together 25 NGO leaders from six continents to reflect on lessons learned over the past two years and to discuss where the emerging "Movement for Sustainability" appears to be going after the Earth Summit. The WRI/NGO Project goals have been to analyze NGO involvement in international fora, document changes resulting from NGO participation in the UNCED process, and to identify options for strengthening the NGO role in international institutions and decision-making processes related to sustainable development.

The Government of the United Kingdom hosted an international conference entitled Implementing the Rio Agenda: Partnerships For Change. The purpose of the conference was to enable voluntary bodies, local government, business and industry to exchange experiences on the practical implementation of sustainable development. The conference took place in Manchester in September 1993 bringing together 500 participants from the voluntary sector, local government, business and industry bodies actively involved in following up the Rio agreements in all parts of the world. It sought to consolidate the lessons learned in the first year after Rio. The emphasis was on practical approaches to sustainable development at the local, national and international levels.

The 19th IUCN General Assembly, which took place between 17-26 January in Buenos Aires, Argentina, brought together representatives of more than 800 governments, state agencies and non-governmental organizations from 125 countries, under the theme of: "Caring for the Earth and its Peoples". More than 150 resolutions concerning issues as diverse as gender equity at headquarters and international trade and environment, were passed by the General Assembly as it debated the future direction of IUCN over the next three years.

The Fourth International Symposium on Environmental Management for Developing Countries took place from 4 to 6 May, 1994 in Turkey. It follows a series of meetings beginning in 1982 which were initiated to establish closer cooperation between environmental scientists and engineers of developing countries. Topics under discussion at the meeting included: air pollution and control; environmental exploitation of developing countries; river basin management; appropriate technologies and water treatment technologies.

The fourth international conference, "Towards the World Governing of the Environment" took place in Venice, Italy from 2-5 June 1994. The conference aimed to make governments and international organizations more aware of the concept of permanent institutions and specific bodies for the resolution of international environmental disputes.

The International Conference on Ecology and Environment was held at Drake Bay, Costa Rica from June 20 to 24, 1994. Organized by the Fundación para la Protección del Bosque Primario (FUNBOSPRI), the goals of the conference were to share experiences, to get perspectives and to discuss problems related with ecology and environment and to join individuals and institutions interested in these topics. The main topics considered were models for development and planning; pacific uses of nuclear energy and environment; quality and environment; sustainable development of forest goods and services of forest; community and ecology; ecology and education; native cultures and ecology; and ecological experiences.