Millenium Booklets

Article Index


The Millennium Papers are a series of discussion booklets that were produced by Stakeholder Forum in the run up to the Earth Summit 2002. Authored by some of the world's leading thinkers in sustainable development, the booklets provide an instant snap shot across a range of issues of the progress made since Rio, the challenges encountered and the way forward. They provide a valuable record of the state of sustainable development on the eve of a new millennium, and tackle issues still core to the conversation today.


Towards Earth Summit III: Issue 1

The first in the series, this introduction demonstrates the very real need for revisiting and reinvigorating the concept of sustainable development, particularly in light of the weight of growing human production and consumption and the continuing growth of world population. Such problems and challenges will require international solutions.


The Future of Local Agenda 21 in the New Millennium: Issue 2

Edited by Gary Lawrence, one of the key thinkers on sustainable development, this issue tackles the question of the future of Local Agenda 21 on the eve of a new millennium. How does LA21 differ from the traditional rational planning models? How do we know that the problems/issues/opportunities we are addressing will be the problems/issues/opportunities we will actually face? Have we ignored the institutional barriers to successful long term LA21's, and if so, do we have the political skills to win the intra and inter-institutional struggles?


Women and Sustainable Development - from Local to International: Issue 3

The third issue in the Millennium Papers series examines the role of women in the context of sustainable development. Reviewing progress since the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, the publication makes the case for mainstreaming gender and development into the heart of all policy-making, and stresses that sustainable development will remain an elusive goal unless women's contribution to environmental management is recognised and supported.


Getting Health in a Hand-basket: Issue 4

This issue was produced in memory of Warren 'Chip' Lindner who was integral to the work of the Brundtland Commission, was founder of the Centre for our Common Future and coordinated the NGO Forum running parallel to the official negotiations of the Earth Summit in 1992. It examines the emergence of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and the interrelationship of health and economic development.


The Road from Rio to Johannesburg: Issue 5

Edited by Ashok Khosla this issue undertakes a wide ranging analysis of the current state of affairs across the sustainable development agenda. To what extent have attempts to alleviate poverty succeeded? What has been the experience at the grassroots level of policy interventions? What is new on the international environment and development agenda? And what needs to happen if we are to move forward?


Are Educators Ready for the Next Earth Summit?: Issue 6

John Smyth gives a comprehensive view of how the issues surrounding the education community have developed and outlines the areas still needing attention, as well as offering constructive criticism of action so far. He looks at the stakeholders within the process, suggesting a holistic approach where we can learn from other people's examples, and places the responsibility for this on the wider education community.