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THE WORLD BANK FORUM ON ENVIRONMENTALLY AND SOCIALLY SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: A CONVERSATION WITH EUROPEAN GOVERNMENT PARTNERS
8 June 1999, Paris
Thirty-eight representatives from European government
agencies concerned with the environment, international development
cooperation and finance met informally on Tuesday, 8 June 1999 with the
vice president and senior managers of the Environmentally and Socially
Sustainable Development (ESSD) Network of the World Bank to discuss
sustainable development issues. The
forum�s objective was to initiate an informal dialogue between the World
Bank and interested European government partners on the Bank's work
programs and strategic planning efforts related to sustainable
development. The day-long forum, the first of its kind, took place at the
Bank's European Office in Paris.
Ian Johnson, Vice President and Head of the Bank�s ESSD Network, organized and chaired the meeting, which was attended by senior government officials from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. This summary of the proceedings of this forum emphasizes key debates that emerged.