discussion on major sustainable development issues to build consensus
between people who have different perspectives and responsibilities.
The establishment of the Northern Ireland and Welsh assemblies, a
covering all England, represents the most significant constitutional
revision ever undertaken at one period since the formation of the
United Kingdom. These measures also offer unique opportunities for
the explicit inclusion of sustainable development as an overarching
principle in devolved and regional governance of the UK.
The UK Round Table, recognising the importance of these developments
is holding a conference in Belfast on the 9 and 10 October in order
to expand the debate on sustainable development involving as many
stake holders as possible so each can learn from the others'
Lord Cranbrook, chairman of the UK Round Table Working Group,
carrying forward this study, said today:
'At this very moment, emerging new political and administrative
structures offer unique opportunities to set the right framework to
embed the concept of sustainable development in all our decision-making.
'At the UK level, despite ministerial and prime ministerial
admonitions, the machinery of government remains compartmentalised.
To meet the target of sustainable development, integration across
economic affairs, housing, transport, agriculture, forestry and the
environment is a minimum requirement. Can this be achieved by the new
assemblies and parliament? How will the English regional development
agencies play their role? These are important questions, and I hope
the Round Table conference will help the process of finding answers.'
The UK Round Table on Sustainable Development was established in
early 1995. It aims to encourage discussion on major sustainable
development issues and to build consensus between people who have
different perspectives and different responsibilities.
The Round Table is chaired by Richard Southwood and has members drawn from local government, business, environmental organisations and other sections of the community. The deputy prime Minister, John Prescott, is president of the Round Table and ministers seek to take part in plenary discussions as appropriate. However, this does not imply Government endorsement of the Round Table's recommendations.
The time available at Round Table plenary meetings is limited. Much
of the detailed work is therefore carried out in sub-groups, which
also provide the opportunity for sectors not represented on the Round
Table itself to participate in discussions on particular topics. Lord
Cranbrook, who is a founder member of the UK Round Table, and former
chairman of English Nature, chairs the sub-group: sustainable
development-devolved and regional dimensions. Membership of the
Elizabeth AndrewsRSPB Wales
Graham Ashworth Going for Green
Baroness Denton of Wakefield
Brian Hanna Chief executive, Belfast City Council
Peter Housden Chief executive, Nottinghamshire CC
Corrie McChord Leader, Stirling Council
David Middleton Environmental Business Communications
Neil Sinden CPRE
The Round Table Secretariat can be contacted at the address below:
Zone 4/F5 Telephone: 0171 890 4962
Ashdown House Fax: 0171 890 4959
123 Victoria Street
SW1E 6DE E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org