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FROM VOLUME 4, NUMBER 9, SEPTEMBER 1991
EARTH SUMMIT PREPARATIONS
The third of four meetings planned in
preparation for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development
(UNCED) was held in August and early September 1991 in Geneva. International
agreements on climate change and biological diversity are expected to be ready
for discussion at the UNCED (the Earth Summit), scheduled for June 1992 in Rio
de Janeiro. The following newsletters and articles relate to the goals of the
UNCED and preparations for it.
Earth Summit News, published by the U.N. (CH-1211, Geneva 10,
Switz.) in English. The July 1991 (second) issue includes a list of documents
drafted for the third preparatory committee, a summary of June climate
convention negotiations and several other topics.
Network '92, Published by the Centre for Our Common Future in
collaboration with the International Facilitating Committee of the Independent
Sectors for UNCED '92 and its members. Covers concerns of nongovernmental
Earth Summit Update, published by the Environmental and Energy Study
Institute (122 C St. NW, S. 700, Washington DC 20001, 202-628-1400; $25 for
about 8 issues). The first (July 1991) issue includes recommendations of an EESI
task force for U.S. initiatives for UNCED, a summary of the second preparatory
committee meeting, and related U.S. Congressional activity.
"Brazil 1992: Who Needs This Meeting?" G.J. MacDonald, Issues
Sci. Technol., pp. 42-44, Summer 1991. Discusses keys to success for UNCED
and urges strong official U.S. support.
"Preparing for the [UNCED]," M.F. Strong, Environment, pp.
5; 39-41, June 1991. Maurice Strong, the Secretary-General of UNCED, discusses
goals and preparation.
"Strong Words to Save the Planet," D. MacKenzie, New Scientist,
pp. 17-18, Aug. 10, 1991. Emphasizes the hopes and strategic approach for UNCED
of Maurice Strong, who also organized the 1972 Stockholm world environment
"Sustainable Future for Planet Earth," P.H. Ableson, Science,
p. 117, July 12, 1991. An editorial questioning the likelihood of significant
results from UNCED.
"Prep Com III: Setting the Priorities," M. McCoy, Development
Forum (U.N.), 2 pp., July-Aug 1991. A member of the U.S. Citizen's Network
for UNCED warns that its expected accomplishments have been oversold.
"UNCED's Agenda for the Twenty-First Century: A Preview," Global
Environ. Change Rep., pp. 1-3, Aug. 2, 1991; "UNCED PrepCom Talks Stall
over North-South Issues," ibid., p. 3, Sep. 6.
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