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A Selection of Articles from GreenNet News: Winter 1992

Contents:

EDET - The Environment and Development Education Training Group
HUMAN RIGHTS UP-DATE
THE OTHER EUROPEAN SUMMIT
END-OF-YEAR PARTY AT GREENNET, TUESDAY 15 DECEMBER 1992

EDET - The Environment and Development Education Training Group
GreenNet now has two fully functioning databases on-line. One is the WCMC (World Conservation Monitoring Centre) database on UN and National Park-lands world-wide; the other is the EDET ( The Environment and Development Education and Training Group) listing of almost 3000 UK and international names and addresses of individuals and organisations related to the work of the EDET Group. The EDET Group is a loose alliance of UK non-governmental organisations which bridges gaps between environmental and developmental education, using education, training and awareness-raising as a way of promoting education for sustainability. EDET was first established in July 1990 to play a part in the UK UNCED preparations.
The combined strengths and experience of a number of organisations enabled the group to prepare an NGO submission to the UK Government. Financial support from the Department of the Environment helped to publish and distribute, prior to the Earth Summit, a popular version of its submission. EDET aims to - promote the principles of Education for Sustainability - broaden the network to communicate more effectively with other participant groups at local, national and international levels - stimulate action and evaluation in the UK related to Agenda 21 EDET's tasks over the next year include: - running workshops for educators and trainers on sustainability - preparing for a UK conference in 1993 to enable educators, trainers and policy-makers to start acting on the Agenda 21 of the Earth Summit and to widen its network - preparing the ground for a high level meeting with key UK Govt. Departments - maintaining the EDET electronic conference launched in October 1992 to communicate quickly and cheaply with GreenNet users. TO ACCESS EDET ON GreenNet: database - select "d" from the main command menu after you log on.
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HUMAN RIGHTS UP-DATE
The Association for Progressive Communications has been officially endorsed by the United Nations Under-Secretary for Human Rights, Antoine Blanca, to provide all communications and information services at the World Conference on Human Rights to be held in Vienna in June 1993. There have been APC representatives at a number of the Prep. Comms, who have been able to put news on-line of the progress of agenda-forming and deciding on the status of NGOs. Check the following conferences for details: unhr.news - This conference will contain general information about the upcoming UN World Conference on Human Rights to be held in Vienna in June 1993. unhr.general - The purpose of this conference is to be a gathering place for all NGOs to network around the conference. unhr.documents - This conference will contain official documents from the Secretariat of the United Nations Centre for Human Rights. un.general - Will contain information by and about the United Nations.
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THE OTHER EUROPEAN SUMMIT
Held at Edinburgh from 7-12th December 1992, TOES sets out to challenge complacency on the future of our Europe. This is the latest in the series of The Other Economic Summits which have been convened each year immediately preceeding the G-7 Summit; where the leaders of the world's seven strongest industrial countries meet. TOES has met every year since 1984 and provides a setting for thinkers and activists from around the world to publicize their research. GreenNet staff will be on hand at Edinburgh to bring the events of The Other Europe Summit to GreenNet and other APC users. GreenNet will endeavour to put speakers' addresses, general discussion and remote participation onto GreenNet in advance of events. Check out the conferences toes.general and toes.summit from the 4th of December. The Edinburgh organisers have described the theme of TOES 1992 as the outlining of an alternative vision of Europe opposed to that of the EC as "a narrow union that excludes the rights of poor and non-white communities, downplays the accelerating degradation of our environment and turns deaf ears to the needs of people in the Europe outside...in Eastern Europe, and beyond in the Third World." More information is available from the New Economics Foundation, tel: 071-377-5720, email: neweconomics@gn.apc.org
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END-OF-YEAR PARTY AT GREENNET, TUESDAY 15 DECEMBER 1992
GreenNet users and other sympathetic elements are invited to drop by our office to help us celebrate the festive season. It is hoped that people will start appearing from about 4pm and continue arriving into the evening. We suggest you bring along something to contribute to the eating and drinking supplies.
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