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RDA FIGURE GETS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION POST

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Yorkshire Foward's former sustainable development head Alice Owen has been appointed to the Sustainable Development...
Yorkshire Foward's former sustainable development head Alice Owen has been appointed to the Sustainable Development Commission.

Her appointment is for a period of three years (to 4 March 2007)

and may be renewed. She will formally take up her duties as a

commissioner in July 2005 when she returns from a sabbatical year in

Canada.

The Sustainable Development Commission is an independent

non-departmental public body set up to advise the prime minister and

first ministers in the devolved administrations on sustainable

development. The commission works on a range of issues including

energy, transport, climate change, health, food, economics and

regeneration.

Biographical notes

Alice Owen is director of Integral Value Ltd, a consultancy

supporting organisations to realise the potential of sustainable

development. She is currently spending a year working in British

Columbia, Canada. Before departure for Canada, Ms Owen was head of

sustainable development at Yorkshire Forward, the RDA for Yorkshire &

Humber, developing a programme to ensure that regional economic

development does not deliver financial success at the cost of

environmental and social benefits. Ms Owen is an engineer by training

and spent seven years in the chemical industry before working with

environmental NGOs in capacity building around the world. Before

joining Yorkshire Forward she was head of conservation and policy at

the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.

NOTES

The Sustainable Development Commission was established in 2000

following a proposal in the UK government's 1999 Sustainable

Development Strategy (the White Paper A Better Quality of Life) to

subsume the UK Round Table on Sustainable Development and the British

Government Panel on Sustainable Development.

The commission advises the prime minister and first ministers in the

devolved administrations on sustainable development. Priorities for

the next three years include following up earlier work on food and

farming policy; working with the NHS to promote health through

sustainable development, particularly focusing on food procurement

and buildings; redefining prosperity (resource productivity, economic

growth and sustainable development); helping deliver on sustainable

production and consumption; helping with implementation of the Energy

White Paper; helping to put sustainable regeneration into action and

looking at how to embed sustainable development in local authorities.

Along with the chair, three vice chairs and five chairs of steering

groups, there are 12 other commissioners. They reflect a range of

interests and backgrounds and are drawn from across the UK and from

sectors including business, local government and non-government

organisations.

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