These supplementary notes aim to help identify some of the website presenters in brief. Some have been provided by the presenters themselves, others have been drawn or collated from the sites. No responsibility is taken for their veracity.
Nacionalidades y Pueblos del Ecuador Website is part of an initiative by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Committee for the Development of the Peoples of Ecuador (CODENPE). CONDENPE is an Ecuadorian government agency dedicated to the promotion and facilitation of integrated development for the indigenous peoples of Ecuador through their participation in the political process and an improved quality of life.
Native Forest Network is an international forest protection organization which specializes in addressing impacts of globalization as they relate to the world's remaining native forests, with a special emphasis on the forests of the US, Canada, Australia, and Chile. In particular, NFN is launching a new campaign to look at the impacts of genetic engineering of trees and genetically engineered plantations
New Internationalist Publications (Oxford, UK) is a communications co-operative with editorial and sales offices in Toronto, Canada; Adelaide, Australia; Christchurch, Aotearoa /New Zealand; and Lewiston, USA. It exists to report on issues of world poverty and inequality; to focus attention on the unjust relationship between the powerful and the powerless in both rich and poor nations; to debate and campaign for the radical changes necessary if the basic material and spiritual needs of all are to be met. Originally the group published only the New Internationalist Magazine, sponsored by Oxfam, Christian Aid and the Cadbury and Rowntree Trusts. Today sponsorship is no longer needed. Besides the income earned from sales of the magazine, the group now produces films, books and other communications material for various United Nations and related bodies concerned with world development.
Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC), Singapore-based, is a government-shepherded quasi-private lobby of individuals from business and industry, government, academic and other "intellectual" circles. All participate in their private capacity and discuss freely on current, practical policy issues of the Asia-Pacific region. Product of a Canberra meeting in Sept 1980 organised by Mr Masayoshi Ohira and Mr Malcolm Fraser, then Prime Ministers of Japan and Australia.
Pacific Islands Forum (formerly the South Pacific Forum) began with a meeting in 1971 in Wellington, New Zealand, of seven founding members - Australia, the Cook Islands, Fiji, Nauru, New Zealand, Tonga and Western Samoa. Later members are Niue, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, and (Sept 1995) Palau. The 1971 meeting expressed participants "deep regret" over French nuclear testing in French Polynesia. The Forum has UN and APEC observer status. Trade agreements: the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) applies to all 16 Forum members, including Australia and New Zealand; the Pacific Island Countries Trade Agreement (PICTA) will establish a free trade area among the 14 Forum Island Countries.
People & Planet (UK student movement) was originally called Third World First, set up in 1969. The initial aim was to raise money for overseas aid, however it didn't take long to realise that raising awareness and campaigning is essential to achieve widespread long term change. People & Planet now exists to educate and empower students to take effective action on the root causes of social and environmental injustice.
Pew Center on Global Climate Change (Arlington, Va, USA) aims to educate the public and key policy makers about the causes and potential consequences of climate change, and to encourage the domestic and international community to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. The Center has substantial corporate participation in programs but claims not to be funded by corporations.
Protest.Net (USA/international) is a site to help progressive activists by providing a central place where the times and locations of protests and meetings can be posted. I can't possibly keep up with all the actions, so if you find out about a protest or meeting, please post that information. Since June 1998 protest.net has listed 79823 events and at May 2001 had 4548 upcoming events on its calendars.
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