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The World Summit on Sustainable Development took place in Johannesburg from 26 August to 4 September.  
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Langue50.jpgAtlas of the World’s Languages in Danger of Disappearing - by Stephen A. Wurm
Provides a worldwide overview of language More

Biodiversity and Traditional Knowledge: Equitable Partnerships in Practice (2002), by Sarah A. Laird (ed) - by
Manual in the People and Plants Conservation Series, offering practical guidance on how to arrive at equitable biodiversity research and prospecting partnerships More

Biodiversity in Land- Inland Water Ecotones (Man and the Biosphere Series, Volume 18, 1997), by Jean Bernard Lachavanne & Raphaël Juge (eds) - by
Multi-authored work generated within MAB-IHP-SIL collaborative project on ‘The role of land-inland water ecotones in landscape management and restoration’ More

Biosphere Reserves: Special Places for People and Nature (2002), by UNESCO-MAB Secretariat - by
“Conserving diversity” is one of ten chapters in this 208-page overview of the biosphere reserve concept and its implementation. A web adaptation of this chapter is posted on the MABNet. More

Changing times Changing attitudes - Alternative portrayals of men and women - by UNESCO
Fourteen of the best radio programmes produced in the UNESCO-DANIDA project, which have now been distributed to trainers and practitioners working in radio programme production and non-formal education throughout Africa. More

Diversidad Biológica de Iberoamérica (1998), par Gonzalo Halffter (compilador) - by
Third in a series of studies on biodiversity in Iberoamerica, undertaken within the Iberoamerican Programme on Science and Technology for Development (CYTED). More

cultre of peace50.gifEducation for a Culture of Peace in a Gender Perspective - by Professor Betty Reardon - UNESCO
This publication, based on a comprehensive, gender-sensitive approach to peace education, has been written during the first year of the United Nations International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010). More

women and urban crises brochure50.gifFemmes dans les crises urbaines - by François Hainard et Christine Verschuur (éds) - UNESCO
Relations de genre et environnements précaires More

Forest Biodiversity Research, Monitoring and Modelling (Volumes 20 and 21 in the Man and the Biosphere Series, 1998), by Francisco Dallmeier & James A. Comiskey (eds) - by
Theoretical framework and case studies on the use of permanent plots for studying and monitoring forest biodiversity in the Old World (Volume 20) and the New World (Volume 21), based on methodologies of Smithsonian/MAB Biodiversity Program. More

Gender Dimensions of Racial Discrimination - by UNHCHR
Overview of fundamental issues on the intersectionality between gender and racial discrimination. More

Manual para evaluar50.jpgManual para Evaluación de la Biodiversidad en Reservas de la Biosfera (2001), par Gonzalo Halffter, Claudia E. Moreno & Eduardo O. Pineda - by
Handbook for assessing biological diversity in biosphere reserves, published as the second in a series of Spanish-language manuals on biodiversity. More

mervivante50.gifMer Vivante - by UNESCO
Ce livre a été réalisé par des enfants pour des enfants, mais aussi pour les parents. More

Parks Issue on Biosphere Reserves - by
“Biosphere reserves: the network beyond the islands” is the theme of the first quarterly issue in 2001 of the quarterly journal Parks, the international journal for protected area managers, published by the World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) of the World Conservation Union (IUCN). More

worldmap50.jpgPeople on earthe - World Population Map - by UNESCO
This map of the distribution of the world's population has been developed not only for decision-makers, planners, researchers and educators, but also for the general public, and is a solid foundation for research in the fields of population, environment and development. More

peur50.jpgQui a peur de l'an 2000? - by Claude Villeneuve
1998. Guide d'Education relative à l'environment pour le développement durable. More

morin50.jpgSeven complex lessons in education for the future - by Edgar, Morin
The purpose of this text is to examine fundamental problems that are overlooked or neglected in education. These problems are presented as "seven complex lessons" that should be covered in an education of the future in all societies in every culture, according to means and rules appropriate to those societies and cultures. More

greening50.gifThe Greening of Brazilian Business - by UNESCO
This book analyses the factors determining the new greening of Brazilian businesses. More

Subsahara50.jpgThe Population of Sub-Saharan Africa - by UNESCO
The study is a follow-up to the publication of the World Population Map, "People on Earth". More

UNDP Human Development Report 2002 - by UNDP
Presents a suite of gender-related measures and indices. More

women's rights and bioethics50.gifWomen's Rights and Bioethics - by International Bioethics Committee of UNESCO
This book, based on the Round Table on Bioethics and Women held at UNESCO during the Fourth Session of the International Bioethics Committee (IBC), presents the experience of field workers and actors in areas as diverse as health, legal affairs, governance, education and psychology. More

Report to the UNESCO Executive Board (May 2002) - by UNESCO
In Document 164 EX/45 (dated 3 May 2002), the Director-General summarizes the preparatory process and expected outcomes of the World Summit. More

UNESCO Position Paper and Proposals to WSSD PrepCom 3 (March 2002) - by UNESCO
‘Enhancing Global Sustainability’, the title of a UNESCO position paper and proposals prepared for and widely distributed at the third session of the Preparatory Committee for the World Summit (New York, 25 March-5 April 2002) More

Director General Address to Permanent Delegates (7 March 2002) - by UNESCO Director General
Address on ‘UNESCO preparations for and contribution to the World Summit on Sustainable Development’. More

Director General Note on Co-ordination of Preparatory Activities for the World Summit (January 2002) - by UNESCO Director General
DG/Note/02/02 of 16 January 2002, indicating that interdisciplinarity and intersectoral co-operation should be the hallmarks of UNESCO’s preparations of, and follow-up to, the Summit, and creating an intersectoral task force for this purpose. More

gender_parity50.gifThe Challenge of Achieving Gender Parity in Basic Education. A Statistical Review, 1990-1998. - by UNESCO
This Report attempts to produce a global picture of the present situation, provide an anlysis of the disparities which exist in primary and secondary education, and identify present trends in particular regionas and societieis. More

Education for Sustainability - From Rio to Johannesburg: Lessons learnt from a decade of commitment - by UNESCO Education Sector
A report on the lessons learnt about the contribution of education to sustainable development over the decade between the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992 and the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). More

cambiar50.gifCambiar es posible - by UNESCO
Este libro presenta propuestas sobre desarrollo sostenible, que nos hablan de cooperación, entre gentes del Primer y Tercer Mundo. More

General Conference Resolution 31 C/40 (November 2001) - by UNESCO
Resolution on ‘Sustainable Development and the Johannesburg Summit 2002’, adopted by the UNESCO General Conference at the thirty-first session on 2-3 November 2001. More

Gender and Post-literacy: A Non-formal Education Approach to HIV/AIDS Prevention - by Namtip Aksornkool - UNESCO
Results of an awareness-raising workshop in Mbabane, Swaziland for education, health care and communication professionals from Malawi, Swaziland and Zimbabwe to assist in preparing post-literacy materials to teach safe sex. More

arabch50.gifPopulation et perspectives de développement du monde arabe - by UNESCO
Le présent travail s'inscrit dans la suite de la carte de la population du monde "L'humanité sur la planète". More

Youthxguide50.jpgYouth Xchange - by UNESCO
This guide and website have been designed to serve as a tool kit to help trainers involve the largest possible number of young people in sustainable consumption efforts. More

Youth sust50.jpgYouth, Sustainable Consumption Patterns and Lifestyles - by UNESCO
This report reflects the results of the UNESCO / UNEP project on "Youth, sustainable consumption patterns and lifestyles", which was launched in March, 2000. More

cultures50.gifCultures of Populations, Population Dynamics and Sustainable Development - by UNESCO
This book analyses how sensitivity to socio-cultural knowledge is crucial for active participation thus creating the sense of belonging to policies and programmes that people can adopt as their own. More

sociocultural50.jpgSocio-Cultural Research on Information, Education & Communication and Advocacy - by UNESCO
This Practical Guide is a follow-up activity to a major UNESCO/UNFPA Project (Understanding Socio-cultural factors Affecting Demographic Behaviour and Implication for the Formation and Execution of Population Policies and Programmes), commissioned by UNESCO and undertaken by Aidcom in Malaysia. More

easy50.gifEasy Guide to Undertake Socio-Cultural Research - by UNESCO
The scope of this guide is limited to first time users in action-oriented participatory research. It provides the basic important concepts and tools for data collection and analysis for new and ongoing projects. More

blue women50.gifGender Equality and Equity - by UNESCO
A summary review of UNESCO's accomplishments since the Fourth World Conference on Women (Beijing 1995). More

African Stories - by UNESCO
Results of the UNESCO-DANIDA workshops for the preparation of post-literacy reading materials and radio programmes for girls and women in Africa. More

desafio50.gifLos Desafíos Ambientales - by UNESCO
La búsqueda de medios e instrumentos que faciliten acciones concertadas a todos los niveles para encontrar soluciones interdisciplinares e intersectoriales eficaces. More

Guidelines on Gender-Neutral Language - by Annie Desprez-Bouanchaud, Janet Doolaege, Lydia Ruprecht and Breda Pavlic - UNESCO
Third edition of a booklet first published by UNESCO in 1987. More

americas50.jpgEducation for a Sustainable Future in the Americas - by UNESCO / OAS
This monograph was published as part of the activities of the Strategic Plan for Partnership for Development 1997 - 2001 of the Inter-American Council for Integral Development. More

educating50.jpgEducating for a Sustainable Future: A Transdiciplinary Vision for Concerted Action - by UNESCO
This document was prepared by UNESCO as Task Manager for Chapter 36 of Agenda 21, as a contribution to the Work Programme of Education, Public Awareness and Training of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development. The Work Programme "calls on UNESCO to take the lead in refining the concept and key messages of education for sustainable development". More

Agenda 21, Chapter 35 (Science for sustainable development) - by UN ECOSOC
‘Science for sustainable development ‘ is a chapter of Agenda 21 where UNESCO has acted as inter-agency task manager. More

Agenda 21, Chapter 36 (Education, public awareness and training) - by UN ECOSOC
Since the Rio Conference of 1992, UNESCO has acted as inter-agency task manager within the UN system for Chapter 36 of Agenda 21. In this function, reports on ‘Education, public awareness and training have been considered at various sessions of the Commission on Sustainable Development. More

envandsociety50.gifEnvironment and Society: Education and Public Awareness for Sustainability - by UNESCO / Government of Greece
Proceedings of the Thessaloniki International Conference held in December 1997. More

wbank50.gifOrganizing Knowledge for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development - by UNESCO / World Bank
Proceedings of a Concurrent Meeting of the Fifth Annual World Bank Conference on Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development, "Partnerships for Global Ecosystem Management: Science, Economics and Law". More

analisis50.gifEl análisis Interdisciplinar de la Problemática Ambiental - by UNESCO
Este texto nace del encuentro de un equipo interdisciplinario. El objetivo que persigue es presentar, de forma articulada, los diferentes enfoques o perspectivas que pueden ser utilizados para interpretar un fenómeno o problema ambiental. More

enfoque50.gifLa Interpretación de la Problemática Ambiental: Enfoques Básicos - by UNESCO
Es un texto que tiene como primera finalidad introducir al lector en el enfoque sistémico, en la medida que tal modelo de pensamiento permite aproximarse a la cuestión ambiental, tomando en cuenta la complejidad de los sistemas naturales y sociales. More

poblacion50.jpgEducación en Población - by UNESCO
Se trata de una serie de textos destinados a la educación para la vida familiar en la escuela, elaborados por el Ministerio de Educación Nacional de Colombia. More

primed50.jpgPRIMED, A Succesful Experience in Urban Intervention - by UNESCO
This book collates the experiences of some of the marginal districts of Medellin, Colombia, in the field of integrated territorial planning and management. More

belovedplanet50.gifMy Beloved Planet - by UNESCO
With humour, but with scientific rigour, his book sets out some of the complex problems related to the environment and population that affect the whole world. More

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