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  • Civitas2004 - features a weekly edition of the latest news, events, links and resources-- all focusing on urban sustainbility issues. THe site is available in three languages--English, Spanish, and Catalan.
  • GEO 2000 - A coordinated network of Collaborating Centres is the core of the GEO process. These centres have played an increasingly important role in preparing GEO reports. They are now responsible for almost all the regional inputs, thus combining top-down integrated assessment with bottom-up environmental reporting. A number of Associated Centres also participate, providing specialized expertise. Four working groups ?on modelling, scenarios, policy and data ?provide advice and support to the GEO process, helping coordinate the work of the Collaborating Centres to make their outputs as comparable as possible. Other United Nations agencies contribute to the GEO Process through the United Nations System-wide Earthwatch, coordinated by UNEP. In particular, they provide substantive data and information on the many environmentally-related issues that fall under their individual mandates; they also help review drafts.
  • Global Network of National Councils for Sustainable Development - This new site provides detailed information on activities and events of National Council for Sustainable Development and similar entities (NCSDs) around the world. It will also provide global information and communications support to NCSDs and their regional secretariats by serving as a gateway or central access point to national and regional sites being created by these organizations.
  • Institute for Global Communications (IGC) - The Institute for Global Communications (IGC) is a nonprofit organization that provides alternative sources of information as well as online access and comprehensive Internet services for progressive individuals and organizations.
  • Institute for Sustainable Communities - The mission of the Institute for Sustainable Communities is to promote environmental protection, sustainable economies, and participatory decision-making at the community level in Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia through training, technical assistance, grantmaking, and demonstration projects.
  • Public-Private Partnerships for the Urban Environment - UNDP - The purpose of the PPPUE is to help countries tap into the increasing flow of private capital resources that globalization has brought. The PPUE helps countries establish mutually beneficial partnerships through well negotiated and structured projects in the areas of water and sanitation, waste management and energy.
  • The Earth Charter Consultation - The objective of the Earth Charter is to set forth an aspiring vision of the fundamental principals of a global partnership for sustainable development and environmental conservation.
  • The Linkages Information Server and The Earth Negotiations Bullletin - The Earth Negotiations Bulletin provides a balanced, objective and informative summaries of environment and development negotiations.
  • The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - Our mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.
  • The United Nations Secretariat of the Convention to Combat Desertification - This is the second generation of the UNCCD website launched in June 2000. It was designed to facilitate the access to the official documents maintained or received by the secretariat (COP-documents, Reports and Action Programmes) for the participants of the COP-process as well as to establish a general source of information on the topic of desertification for the interested public. This page provides technical instructions about the usage of the CCD website and details how to achieve an optimal browsing experience.
  • The United States Environmental Protection Agency - Community-Based Environmental Protection - CBEP is a policy framework within EPA that: addresses the environmental priorities and economic well-being of communities; facilitates partnerships and stakeholder involvement; incorporates long-term ecosystem and human health concerns; highlights the positive correlation between economic prosperity and environmental well-being; and, sustains biological diversity of ecosystems. The web site focuses on providing the following types of information: Tools: Maps and Mapping Resources, Databases, Geographic Information Systems, Planning and Assessment Guides, Visualization Tools, etc...; Financial Resources: Grants and Technical Assistance from various sources. (Soon to be in a searchable database format.); Case Studies: Examples of sustainable development approaches in communities around the U.S. (Soon to be in a searchable database format.); Publications and Documents: A large and comprehensive library of useful publications and other documents; and Links to Related Sites: Comprehensive, well-organized set of Internet links to other similar organizations and related activities.
  • World Business Council for Sustainable Development - the WBCSD aims to develop closer co-operation between business, government and all other organizations concerned with the environment and sustainable development. We also seek to encourage high standards of environmental management in business itself.

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