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MAURICE STRONG, HEAD OF ONTARIO HYDRO, NAMED CHAIRMAN OF EARTH COUNCIL

 SAN JOSE, Costa Rica, March 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Maurice F. Strong of Canada, who organized the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development -- the Earth Summit -- has been named chairman of the Earth Council, an independent global ombudsman established to review and report on the performance of governments and others in implementing the wide-ranging accords adopted at the Summit in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992.
 The Earth Council's organizing committee, which met at the council's headquarters here on March 5 and 6, also named Alicia Barcena Ibarra of Mexico as executive director. Barcena worked with Strong during the two-year negotiating process of the Earth Summit, which was attended by representatives of some 180 governments, including more than 100 heads- of-state and government.
 Strong said that the Earth Council would seek to cooperate closely with the newly formed U.N. Commission of Sustainable Development and the scores of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that are concerned with environment and
development. Many of these organizations participated actively in the formulation of the Earth Council.
 "The Earth Council will be a unique organization that unites and reinforces the workings of such other bodies and groups through processes of public dialogue and collaborative action," Strong, who is currently chairman and CEO of Ontario Hydro in Toronto, said. "The council will consist of men and women selected through a broadly consultative process and nominations received from every region of the world. The council will particularly attempt to link the concerns and interests and insights of people at the grassroots level with global policy and decision-making processes."
 Barcena said that the organizing committee approved a list of people eligible for appointment to the council and that the council would be constituted on that basis shortly.
 The organizing committee also agreed to a preliminary program that gives effect to the council's role as a global ombudsman on sustainable development matters. It includes public forums, support for a "people's agenda," and an accelerated public information concerning progress in implementing the results of the Rio Summit. Barcena said that this program would also help create a new Earth Charter articulating a basic set of principles and values guiding the transition to a more equitable and sustainable future.
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 /CONTACT: Alicia Barcena of the Earth Council Foundation in Costa Rica, 506-233418/


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