PRESENTATION


The realization of the promise of the Rio Earth Summit depends to a large extent on national mechanisms that include the participation of diverse elements of society.

Nearly all countries of the world have established some form of mechanism to follow up on the Rio Agreements. A number of countries have initiated official institutions that include both governmental and civil society participation; many others are in various stages of formation.

The Earth Council is proud to present this second edition of the Directory of National Councils for Sustainable Development. It is an instrument to foster the exchange of ideas and experiences and to promote networking within and between regions and continents.

             MAURICE STRONG
		 Chairman
               Earth Council

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