Theme: “A World Forum for Resource Management and Sustainable Development”
Date: 21-24 July, 2006
Venue: Brisbane City Hall
On July 21 – 24, 2006, the Earth Dialogues were held in Brisbane, Australia. The three original topics of the dialogues were interwoven into the themes of that year’s forum. The first topic, Sustainable Natural Resources Management, is a discussion about ways to better organize against the depletion of natural resources. The second topic, Ethics and Values: the Earth Charter, is a discussion about human equality in the midst of globalization. The third topic, Conflict Prevention and Resolution, is a discussion over the relationship between poverty, peace, natural resources, and climate change. The Brisbane Earth Dialogues chose focal areas for discussion. They included the Asia and Pacific Island area, China and India, and Australia.
The Brisbane Festival 2006 and the Queensland Government in association with Brisbane City Council and Green Cross International present the Earth Dialogues 2006 Brisbane. This World Forum for Resource Management and Sustainable Development was chaired by President Mikhail Gorbachev, Chair, Green Cross International and Hon Peter Beattie MP, Premier of Queensland. 66 speakers from 11 countries, including four Nobel Peace Laureates, traveled to Brisbane for the world forum as part of Brisbane Festival 2006. They shared their ideas about how best to address major issues such as global warming, climate change and resource management before a packed City Hall.
The structure of the Earth Dialogues in Brisbane consisted of 5 forums:
- Trends, Threats and Opportunities – stating present conflicts, finding the sources of these conflicts, and proposing solutions
- Governance and Accountability – Looking for ways to shift from the conservative view of short term problem solving and rules to a liberal view of long term values which would ensure sustainability
- Human Rights and Justice – Finding ways to ensure human equality throughout the world
- Innovation – Seeing what kinds of improvements need to made in order to make as little impact on the environment as possible
- Solutions and Proposals – With these goals in mind, how can these changes be implemented in a peaceful and lasting manner?
Speakers and other participants were then asked to break into groups covering three broad topic areas:
- Human Development and Economic Growth
- Energy and Climate
- Cities and Spaces