next World Exposition, EXPO 2000, will be held from 1 June to 31
October 2000, in Hanover, Germany. The central theme of EXPO 2000
"Humankind, Nature and Technology" is set to draw
international attention to the cause of sustainable development.
the Hanover World Exposition a series of ten "Global
Dialogues" will be held, each three days long, each focused on a
unique aspect of sustainable development. As a group, the
Global Dialogues are intended to complement the EXPO 2000 sustainable
development theme by serving as a forum for debating and communicating
ideas that may contribute to the realisation of a sustainable future.
The Global Dialogues will involve a cast of thousands and, most
importantly, address some of the most pressing concerns facing
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) has been invited by EXPO 2000 to
be the organising partner for the first of the ten Global Dialogues. The
Global Dialogue, “Natural
Resources: The Sustainability Challenge,”
is intended to showcase and build upon the current state of knowledge
concerning natural resources and their usage. This aim will be
promoted through a series of workshops, symposiums, working meetings
and presentations. Stakeholders from across the world and from
all sectors of society will be involved.
Natural Resources: The Sustainability Challenge will focus on current "challenges and opportunities" relating to resource use at global, regional and local levels. Linkages will be made between the Global Dialogue and ongoing natural resource related initiatives, including global conventions, regional agreements, and local institutional arrangements.
The Global Dialogue will bring together experts and decision-makers from around the world in an effort to contribute to the realisation of a sustainable future. An array of unique platforms for participant interaction will be provided by the Global Dialogue to enable the sharing of solutions. Located amid the dynamic setting of EXPO 2000, the Global Dialogue programme will inclue:
lead-off Global Dialogue will showcase and build upon the current
state of knowledge concerning natural resources and their usage.
Substantive challenges and
opportunities relating to resource use at global, regional and
local levels will be profiled. A positive, but critical,
solutions-oriented approach will be used to present natural resource
issues to a global audience. The Global Dialogue will serve as a forum
for appraising and discussing human social values at the dawn of the
For additional information: Cecilia Ruben, SEI, firstname.lastname@example.org