The one-day conference entitled, Sustaining a Nation, Sustainability +10, has been organised jointly by COSLA, Glasgow City Council and the Scottish executive and will look at Scotland's progress on sustainability to date.
Speakers include Sam Galbraith, minister for environment; Owen Taylor, COSLA's sustainability spokesperson; Dr Paul McAleavey, European Commission; Mel Young, International Director, Big Issue and Kevin Dunion, director, Friends of the Earth Scotland.
Sustainability has now become one of the key policy drivers for local, national and international programmes.
It is almost ten years since the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, where 180 Governments pledged their support for Agenda 21, an international programme
to promote sustainable lifestyles.
Currently the United Nations is preparing for the important Rio + 10 Earth Summit in 2002, where national progress reports on Agenda 21 will be submitted.
The conference has three main aims:
* to celebrate the universal completion of LA21 strategies
* to highlight Scotland's continued commitment to sustainability * to learn about the international dimension of sustainability
The conference will be grouped into five themes demonstrating how sustainability integrates - Europe, Social Inclusion, New Business Opportunities, Biodiversity and Environmental Justice. It will also explore the crosscutting nature of sustainability and the new opportunities it provides.
1. COSLA's LA21 Adviser Petra Biberbach will be happy to brief any member of the media on Sustainability and COSLA's work in relation to it. Requests should come via the Public Affairs Office, contact details below.
2. Sustaining a Nation, Sustainability +10, takes place in Glasgow City Chambers on Monday 26 March 2001 from 09.30 until 16.00 hours.