workersAgenda 21: Chapter 29 – Strengthening the role of workers and their trade unions

29.1. Efforts to implement sustainable development will involve adjustments and opportunities at the national and enterprise levels, with workers foremost among those concerned. As their representatives, trade unions are vital actors in facilitating the achievement of sustainable development in view of their experience in addressing industrial change, the extremely high priority they give to protection of the working environment and the related natural environment, and their promotion of socially responsible economic development. The existing network of collaboration among trade unions and their extensive membership provide important channels through which the concepts and practices of sustainable development can be supported. The established principles of tripartism provide a basis for strengthened collaboration between workers and their representatives, as well as Governments and employers, with regards to the implementation of sustainable development.

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Workers & Trade Unions

Ms. Anabella Rosemberg
International Trade Unions Confederation (ITUC)
Trade Union Advisory Committee to the OECD (TUAC)
15 rue La Perouse, 75016 Paris, France
Tel: +33 155 373 735;
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Sustainlabour
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Agenda 21: Chapter 31 – Involvement of scientific and technological community

31.1. The present chapter focuses on how to enable the scientific and technological community - which includes, among others, engineers, architects, industrial designers, urban planners and other professionals and policy makers - to make a more open and effective contribution to the decision-making processes concerning environment and development. It is important that the role of science and technology in human affairs be more widely known and better understood, both by decision makers who help determine public policy and by the general public. The cooperative relationship existing between the scientific and technological community and the general public should be extended and deepened into a full partnership. Improved communication and cooperation between the scientific and technological community and decision makers will facilitate greater use of scientific and technical information and knowledge in policies and programme implementation. Decision makers should create more favourable conditions for improving training and independent research in sustainable development. Existing multidisciplinary approaches will have to be strengthened, seeing more interdisciplinary studies developed between the scientific and technological community and policy makers, as well as with the general public also, in order to provide the required leadership and practical know-how to the concept of sustainable development. The public should be assisted in communicating their sentiments to the scientific and technological community concerning how science and technology might be better managed to affect their lives in a beneficial way. By the same token, the independence of the scientific and technological community to investigate and publish without restriction and to exchange their findings freely must be assured. The adoption and implementation of ethical principles and codes of practice for the scientific and technological community that are internationally accepted could enhance professionalism. Furthermor this may also improve and hasten recognition of the value of its contributions to environment and development, emphasizing the continuing evolution and uncertainty of scientific knowledge.

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Mr. Deliang Chen

International Council for Science (ICSU)
5 rue Auguste Vacquerie, 75016 Paris, France
Tel: +331-4525-0329;
Fax: +33 1) 42 88 94 31
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Mr. Gisbert Glaser

International Council for Science (ICSU)
5 rue Auguste Vacquerie, 75016 Paris, France
Tel: +33 1 45 25 03 29;
Fax: +33 1 42 88 94 31
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Mr. Jorge Spitalnik

World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO)
1 rue Miollis - Maison de 1’UNESCO,
75015 Paris, France
Tel: +55 21 2267 4050;
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localgovAgenda 21: Chapter 28 - Local Authorities' Initiatives in Support of Agenda 21

28.1. Because so many of the problems and solutions being addressed by Agenda 21 have their roots in local activities, the participation and cooperation of local authorities will be a determining factor in fulfilling its objectives. Local authorities construct, operate and maintain economic, social and environmental infrastructure, oversee planning processes, establish local environmental policies and regulations, and assist in implementing national and subnational environmental policies. As the level of governance closest to the people, they play a vital role in educating, mobilizing and responding to the public to promote sustainable development.

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Contact Details for Organising Partners

Ms. Susanne Salz

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability * World Secretariat
Kaiser-Friedrich-Str. 7,
53113 Bonn, Germany
Tel: +49-(0)228 / 976 299-11 (Bonn office)
Fax: +49-(0)228 / 976 299-01 (Bonn office)
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Agenda 21: Chapter 27 – Non-Governmental organisations as partners for sustainable development

27.1. Non-governmental organizations play a vital role in the shaping and implementation of participatory democracy. Their credibility lies in the responsible and constructive role they play in society. Formal and informal organizations, as well as grass-roots movements, should be recognized as partners in the implementation of Agenda 21. The nature of the independent role played by non-governmental organizations within a society calls for real participation; therefore, autonomy is a major attribute of non-governmental organizations and is the precondition of real participation.

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Sustainable Development Issues Network through:

Mr. Jan-Gustav Strandenaes

Northern Alliance for Sustainable Development (ANPED)
P.O. Box 59030, 1040 KA Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tel: +31 20 475 1742 / + 47 648 73030;
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Mr. Bjarne Pedersen

Consumers International
24 Highbury Crescent, London N5 1RX, United Kingdom
P.O. Box 225
Tel: +44 20 7226 6663 Ext. 209
Fax: +44 20 7354 0607
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Ms. Rose Mwebaza

Institute for Security Studies
6th Floor, Land Mark Plaza,  Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: +254203005726/8; +254728733134
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ipdrummerAgenda 21: Chapter 26 – Recognising and strengthening the Role of Indigenous People and Their Communities

26.1. Indigenous people and their communities have a historical relationship with their lands and are generally descendants of its original inhabitants. In the context of this chapter the term "lands" is understood to include the environment of the areas which the people concerned traditionally occupy. Indigenous people and their communities represent a significant percentage of the global population. They have developed over many generations a holistic traditional scientific knowledge of their lands, natural resources and environment. Indigenous people and their communities shall enjoy the full measure of human rights and fundamental freedoms without hindrance or discrimination. Their ability to participate fully in sustainable development practices on their lands has tended to be limited as a result of factors of an economic, social and historical nature. In view of the interrelationship between the natural environment and its sustainable development, and the cultural, social, economic and physical well-being of indigenous people, national and international efforts to implement environmentally sound and sustainable development should recognize, accommodate, promote and strengthen the role of indigenous people and their communities.

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Ms. Vicky Tauli Corpuz

CSD Indigenous Peoples’ Caucus Tebtebba - Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education

1 Roman Ayson Road, Baguio City, Philippines, 2600

Tel: +63-74-4447703;

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Ms. Jocelyn Carino Nettleton

Tebtebba - Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education European Office

111 Faringdon Road, Stanford-in-the-Vale, Oxon SN7 8LD, UK

Tel: +44-1367-718889 (work/home); +44-207-326-0363 (work)

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Mr. Tom Goldtooth

Indigenous Environmental Network

P.O. Box 485, Bemidji, MN 56619-0485,USA

Tel: +1-218-751-4967;

Fax: +1-218-751-0561

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