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Tuesday 14 Oct 1997

United Nations Environment Programme and international industry/trade associations discuss environmental strategies

Nairobi/Paris, October 1997 - Representatives of 50 major international and national industry associations are meeting in Paris this week with senior United Nations officials, at the initiative of the Industry and Environment office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), to review industry progress in implementing environmental management tools and discuss emerging production and consumption issues.

Industry sectors such as chemical, petroleum, travel and tourism, construction, food, dye and fertilizers will be represented, as well as national industry associations from all regions of the world including Colombia, Ethiopia, Philippines and South Africa. This will be the 14th annual consultative meeting organized by UNEP IE, and industry associations report that this event is an exceptional opportunity to exchange information and practical experience as a follow-up to the UNCED Rio Summit in 1992.

Industry Association representatives will present the main environmental management activities of their association, the critical issues they are facing, and trends in the development of environmental strategies/polices. Specific presentations will be made on latest developments in environmental performance indicators, environmental accounting, and the role of industry associations in aggregating environmental performance information of their member companies.

Ms. Joke Waller-Hunter, Director of the United Nations Division for Sustainable Development, will highlight the main results of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) held five years after the UNCED Rio Summit and outline future activities of interest to business and industry. Madam Jacqueline Aloisi de Larderel, Director of UNEP IE will outline future priorities and activities of the UNEP Sustainable Production and Consumption Programme as well as the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO) report of UNEP.

Maria Buitenkamp, Campaign Leader, Friends of the Earth (FOE) will present the latest developments in the FOE sustainable consumption campaign, and Vronique Plocq-Fichelet, Director of th Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE) will discuss a survey to identify emerging environmental issues of concern to industry.

Participating Associations include:

Association of Certified Chartered Accountants, UK;
American Institute for Pollution Prevention, USA;
American Petroleum Institute, USA;
Association Nacional de Industriales (ANDI), Colombia;
Business in the Environment, UK;
Canadian Chemical Producers Association (CCPA), Canada;
Chemical and Allied Industries Association, South Africa;
Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, Russian Federation;
Confederation of Danish Industries, Denmark;
European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC),
Brussels; Comit Europen des Fabricants de Sucre (CEFS), France;
Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Economies (CERES), USA;
Communication Economiques et Sociales (CES), France;
Confederation of Finnish Industries and Employers, Finland;
Confederation of International Contractors' Associations (CICA), France;
Chamber of Mines of South Africa, South Africa;
European Business Council for a Sustainable Future, the Netherlands;
The European Cement Association (CEMBUREAU), Belgium;
Entreprises pour l'Environnement, France;
European Partners for the Environment, Belgium;
E& P Forum (The Oil Industry International Exploration & Production Forum), UK;
Ethiopian Private Industries Association, Ethiopia;
Ecological & Toxicological Association of Dyes & Organic Pigments Manufacturers (ETAD), Switzerland;
European Wind Energy Association, UK;
Federation of German Industries, Germany;
Forum Empresarial para o Medio Ambiente (FEMA), Mozambique;
Federation of Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka;
International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC), Switzerland;
European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC), Belgium;
Federation of Swedish Industries, Sweden;
Global Environment Management Initiative, USA;
Global Crop Protection Federation, Belgium;
International Chamber of Commerce, France;
International Council on Metals & the Environment (ICME), UK;
International Coffee Organization (ICO), UK;
International Council of Tanners, UK;
Industrial Environmental Forum of Southern Africa, South Africa;
International Fertilizer Industry Association (IFA), France;
International Hotels Environment Initiative (IHEI), UK;
International Hotels and Restaurants Association (IH&RA), France;
International Iron and Steel Institute (IISI), Belgium;
International Petroleum Environmental Conservation Association (IPIECA), UK;
International Research Group on Wood Preservation (IRG), Sweden;
Keidanren, Japan;
Norwegian State Railways/UIC, Norway;
Ore, France;
Philippine Business for the Environment, Philippines;
Philippines Environmental Industry Association, Philippines;
Prince of Wales Business Leaders Forum (PWBLF), UK;
Telenor, Norway;
U.S. Council for International Business, USA;
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Switzerland;
World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry, Switzerland;
The World LPG Association (WLPGA), France

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Nancy Bennet or Ms Francoise Ruffe, UNEP IE,
Tour Mirabeau, 39-43 quai Andr Citroen
75739 Paris Cedex 15, France,
Tel: (33.1) 44.37.14.50,
Fax: (33.1) 44.37.14.74,
E-mail: unepie@unep.fr
or visit the UNEP IE WEB SITE AT
http://www.unepie.org

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