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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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