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GLEAM Description


Sustainability Domains







International Symposium
Globally-Integrated Environmental Assessment Modeling
Formal Launch of the GLEAM Forum

17 January 2003
Rose Hall 5F, UNU Centre, Tokyo
Free and Open to the Public

Symposium Description:
In the wake of the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg last year, many nations and institutions are accelerating their actions towards sustainability. Global assessments of environmental resources and services have become central to this dialogue on achieving sustainable development.

In this context, a number of environmental experts will meet during an International Symposium at the UNU Centre on 17 January 2003 to discuss approaches for global and thematic integration of environmental assessments. Successful strategies for global integration of assessments have to link the environmental, social, economic and institutional domains of sustainable development. These domains relate to health of ecosystems, vulnerability and poverty reduction, economic development, and mechanism for implementation, respectively.

This symposium provides perspectives on the challenges faced in integrating environmental assessments. A key element is linking of environmental sustainability to poverty reduction and economic development. This will be discussed in view of the on-going poverty reduction programmes in Asia, which provide numerous lessons for the global dialogue. The work already undertaken to integrate various modeling systems will also be discussed as a starting point for further discussion. Experts from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM, the Netherlands), UNU Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU/IAS), the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES, Japan) and UNU will participate in the discussion.

This international symposium is a part of the GLEAM Forum and coincides with the formal launching of the GLEAM forum.

Symposium Programme:
10:00-10:15 Opening Remarks
Prof. J.A. van Ginkel
UN Under Secretary General and Rector UNU
10:15-10:30 Introduction to the GLEAM Forum
Prof. Motoyuki Suzuki
UNU Vice Rector, Environment & Sustainable Development
10:30-11:00 Keynote Speech
Multiple Domains of Sustainability and How to Integrate Them
Dr. Fred Langeweg
Director, Office for Environmental Assessment, RIVM, the Netherlands
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
Technical Session - Chairs: Dr. Fred Langeweg, Prof. Hans van Ginkel
11:30-12:00 Links between Poverty, Environment and Development
Dr. Thangavel Palanivel
Regional Programme Coordinator, UNDP-SURF, Nepal
12:00-12:30 An Asian Perspective for Integrated Environmental Assessments
Dr. Tsuneyuki Morita
Director, Social & Environmental Systems Division, NIES, Japan
12:30-13:00 The Role of GLEAM in Integration of Environmental Assessments
Dr. Zafar Adeel
UNU Environment & Sustainable Development

For more information, please contact Dr. Zafar Adeel

Last Updated: 11 January 2003