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THE WORLD BANK FORUM ON ENVIRONMENTALLY AND SOCIALLY SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: A CONVERSATION WITH EUROPEAN GOVERNMENT PARTNERS

8 June 1999, Paris

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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.

 

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