government guidance on Local Agenda 21 at a conference tomorrow organised by the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Local Government Management Board (LGMB).
Organised on behalf of the Local Agenda 21 steering group, the conference will be held on Wednesday, 14 January at the Conference Forum in London.
Mr Prescott will be outlining the government's intentions for the
Other keynote speakers will include Jonathon Porrit from Forum for the
Future and Phil Jessup from the Cities for Climate Protection Campaign.
Members of the LGA and the LGMB have co-ordinated the Local Agenda 21
initiative nationally since 1993 and the majority of local authorities are now committed to producing strategies. Local government in the UK has led the way in developing LA21 and Britain's work has been
The prime minister, Tony Blair has recently asked all local authorities to produce strategies by the year 2000 and the LGA and LGMB have welcomed the government's timely recognition of the fundamental part that local action plays in delivering national objectives for sustainable development.
Other conference speakers will include, Charles Secrett, director of Friends of the Earth; Baroness Young, chief executive of the Royal
Society for the Protection of Birds; Andrea Cook, director of
National Energy Action and Cllr Celia Cameron, chair of the LA21 steering group. There will also be an opportunity for questions and discussions with two expert panels comprising of local government, business and voluntary sector representatives.
LOCAL AGENDA 21 - THE CORPORATE CHALLENGE
14 JANUARY 1998, LONDON
10.00am REGISTRATION AND COFFEE
10.30am CHAIR'S INTRODUCTION
Derek Bateman, Chair, LGA Environment and Regeneration Board
10.40am NEW GOVERNMENT PERSPECTIVES ON LOCAL AGENDA 21
John Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister
Michael Meacher, Minister for the Environment
11.30am LOCAL AGENDA 21 - NEXT STEPS AND NEW INITIATIVES
Celia Cameron, Chair, Local Agenda 21 Steering Group
12.15pm PANEL DISCUSSION
Sandy Blair, Vice-President of SOLACE, Chief Executive, Newport CBC
Susan Juned, Leader, Stratford-on-Avon DC
Nick Carter, Editor-in-Chief, Leicester Mercury
Baroness Young, Chief Executive, Royal Society for the Protection of
2.00pm DELIVERING THE NEW VISION
Jonathon Porritt, Director, Forum for the Future
2.30pm KYOTO AND THE CLIMATE CHALLENGE - NEW INITIATIVES
FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES
Phil Jessup, Cities for Climate Protection Campaign
3.15pm PANEL DISCUSSION
Martin Doughty, Leader, Derbyshire CC
Peter Unwin, Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions
Mike Horlor, Royal Mail
Andrea Cook, Director NEA, the national energy action charity
Charles Secrett, Director, Friends of the Earth
4.00pm Concluding remarks
4.15pm Tea and close