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FROM VOLUME 1, NUMBER 4, OCTOBER 1988
CENTRE FOR OUR COMMON FUTURE ESTABLISHED
To "promote the
recommendations and vision" of the World Commission on Environment and
Development, the Centre for Our Common Future has been created in Geneva. Both
the Centre and the Commission are independent bodies established at the behest
of the United Nations Environmental Program, to investigate and deal with the
problem of balancing sustainable development with environmental protection.
Created by the General Assembly in 1982, the Commission held meetings and
worldwide hearings which culminated after three years in its final report, Our
Common Future, published in 1987 and now available in 15 languages. The
Centre was established to maintain the momentum of interest established by the
Commission and its report, under the leadership of Norwegian Prime Minister Gro
Harlem Brundtland. The International Union for Conservation of Nature and
Natural Resources (IUCN) and the International Institute for Environment and
Development (IIED) assisted in setting up the Centre, now based in temporary
offices provided by the Swiss Government with a staff of five. (From UNEP
North American News, Aug. 1988. Published bimonthly by the United Nations
Environment Program, DC2-0803 United Nations, New York NY 10017.)
For information on the Centre contact Warren H. Lindner, Executive Director,
The Centre for Our Common Future, Palais Wilson, 52 rue des Paquis, CH-1201
Geneva, Switzerland (tel.: 41-22-327117). Our Common Future: The Report of
the World Commission on Environment and Development is summarized in this
issue; see also "World Commission's Recommendations Get Support from
Leaders of Many Nations," BNA Internat. Environ. Reporter, pp.
577-579, Nov. 11, 1987; "Our Common Future--Call for Action," G.H.
Brundtland, Environ. Conserv., pp. 291-294, Winter 1987-88.
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