he United Nations has begun intense preparation for the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development

The United Nations has begun intense preparation for the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), which is to be held from 26 August - 4 September 2002. Taking account of the summit's theme, IAP strongly believes that it should be directly involved in this global gathering. Science must have a greater presence at Johannesburg, notably via the academies, than it had in the Rio "Earth" Summit in 1992.
In this spirit, we wrote in June and December 2001 to our member academies, asking each to ensure that its country includes one or more prominent scientists in the area of sustainable development in its national representation. Thanks to all those who pursued this request (see "From the Secretariat," p. 2, for more)..... This is why we have found it important for IAP to join ICSU, TWAS and WFEO in the editing of a text that attempts to define "the role in and the contributions of the scientific and technological community to sustainable development." This text will be presented at the "PrepCom," a preparatory meeting for WSSD, which will take place in New York City in late January. The text mentions some of the actions in which IAP is directly involved. IAP will be represented at this meeting by E. Norrby (Sweden), L. Goldfarb (France) and M.H.A. Hassan (TWAS, Italy)..... Extract from the Co-chairs letter to IAP Members in January 2002.