The Issues and Non Governmental Organizations Programme of the Centre for Applied Studies in International Negotiations (CASIN) has published a Collection of Reports Prepared on NGOs and the UNCED Process. CASIN was established in 1979 as an independent foundation to assist negotiators with international responsibilities to sharpen their analytical and interactive skills, to make them more responsive to practical problems of the negotiating process, and to broaden their understanding of the global environment in which they operate. The extensive collection contains reports on the four UNCED preparatory committees, on the Roots of the Future Conference which was held in Paris, France in December 1992, and a report on the participation of NGOs in the UNCED preparatory process.
A 60-page booklet designed to critically summarize and assess the outcome of the Earth Summit has been commissioned by the World Information Service on Energy (WISE) based in Amsterdam. The booklet will attempt to provide NGO representatives with a "complete picture" of both the role NGOs played in the development of the government agenda of UNCED and their own NGO agenda. It discusses how NGOs successfully institutionalized NGO participation in crucial sections of the UNCED document and must continue to do so; the political role NGOs play in assuring "sustainability" in their own countries; the connection between local community action and influencing national governments; and the UN and international NGO coordination.
World Wide Fund for Nature has launched a campaign to present the issues and to show what action needs to be taken to implement Agenda 21. They have prepared a series of short statements on the main issues arising from UNCED. For each topic WWF recommends what action should be taken by the various actors responsible for implementing Agenda 21--governments, the UN General Assembly, the UN Secretary General, the World Bank, IMF and other international institutions. WWF has sent the materials to its national organizations worldwide for use in their information and lobbying activities, to all diplomatic missions in New York and Geneva, and will use the materials in its own lobbying during the General Assembly.
The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has published a selection of abstracts, reviews and commentaries of each chapter of Agenda 21 and the other agreements in Rio. It has also brought out a shorter brochure entitled, "Green Paths to the Future" which examines the urgent problems and potential solutions raised by the Earth Summit. A third publication, "Issues, Debates and Canadian Initiatives" focuses again on each chapter of Agenda 21, but from a Canadian viewpoint.
The Asahi Glass Foundation has published a report containing the results of an international survey completed in 1993 entitled "Environmental Problems and Survival of Humankind - Focus on Agenda 21". It represents the pilot phase of a more detailed series of surveys that will be undertaken over the next few years. Among the results, more than half the respondents reported progress on governmental regulations to conserve the environment and an increase in awareness towards the solving of environmental problems.
The Deep Ecology Education Project (DEEP) publishes "Talking Leaves", the first nationally-distributed full-length magazine to be printed on hemp paper in North America in half a century. Its focus is spiritual ecology: inspired personal activism, reconnection to the Earth, Gayan spirituality, bioregionalism, and related thought. DEEP has become a pilot project for hemp paper importing, distributing and printing. They are working with various organizations and businesses to increase hemp paper demand and thereby increase availability and lower prices.