From: William Chambers [[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Thursday, June 19, 1997 8:59 PM
Subject: Announcement United Nations University Electronic
Announcement of UNU/IAS Electronic Forum:
Title: Sustainable Development : From Concept to Practice
Date: 23th June - 8 July
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Organized by: The Research Associates and Ph.D. Fellows,
at Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU/IAS),
The United Nations University, Tokyo
The Institute of Advanced Studies (http://www.unu.edu/ias/) - an advanced
research and training center of the United Nations University, Tokyo -
recognizes the importance of the UN General Assembly Special Session to
Review and Appraise the Implementation of Agenda 21 (New York, 23-27
In the spirit of this review, a group of Ph.D. Fellows and young
researchers at UNU/IAS have begun the process of stimulating debate on the
practical aspects of implementing Agenda 21 as well as the role of UNU/IAS
in this activity.
We would like to invite you to join us in a discussion of the following
1) How do participants in the sustainable development process
use Agenda 21 to move from concept to implementation?
2) What can be the role of research institutions in
achieving sustainable development through the implementation
of Agenda 21 ?
3) What do the practitioners in the field see as the most
important steps/factors required for the effective
implementation of SD and how do they see the relationship
of these steps/factors to the implementation of Agenda 21 ?
4) What issues are actually constraining the practical
implementation of SD and can these constraints be overcome
by the implementation of Agenda 21 ?
5) With regards to the above, what are the key research
areas that have not been adequately covered ?
An outcome of this forum will be a set of recommendations for
implementation of sustainable development from concept to action. (This may
take the form of a document or publication)
We also hope this discussion will enable UNU/IAS to refine its research
priorities for achieving effective approaches to sustainable development.
Established in December 1995, the UNU/IAS conducts in-house research and
postgraduate education in a flexible, multi-thematic programme, primarily
focused on research related to the interactions of societal and natural
systems. For the first few years the initial research activities at UNU/IAS
will be closely linked to the actions proposed in Agenda 21, especially in
the promotion of global sustainability. With an extensive network of higher
education institutions in many countries, UNU/IAS is seeking to establish
collaborative links with other academic institutions and international
organizations which will promote advanced research aimed at finding
effective solutions to pressing global problems.
The effective transformation to a sustainable global society is closely
tied to structural changes in growth and development and it is necessary to
ensure environmental protection and to resolve a wide range of social
problems (including restructuring towards sustainable production, making
adjustments in consumption patterns, and reducing inter and
intra-generational inequity and promoting transfrontier responsibility for
environmental damage). UNU/IAS is determined to meet these challenges by
bridging the gap between research and action to ensure that tools are
available to aid in the establishment and implementation of better policies
to facilitate sustainable development at all levels.
The United Nations University
Institute of Advanced Studies
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