A seminar of the Socialist International Commission for a Sustainable World Society was held in St Petersburg on 14-15 July, gathering together members of the Commission and party representatives with Russian scientists and experts for discussions focused on climate change issues. (List of Participants).
Under the chairmanship of Ricardo Lagos and Goran Persson, Co-Chairs of the Commission, and hosted by Sergey Mironov, Chairman of the Council of the Russian Federation, Chair of the Justice Party and a member of the Commission, the seminar addressed three main themes: tackling climate change with economic growth based on equity, employment and respect for the environment; assessing alternative sources of energy; and strengthening national and international regulations protecting water and forests. Special in-depth presentations were made on each of the themes by members of the Russian academic and scientific world, followed by discussions. At the conclusion of the debates a Statement of the meeting was agreed.
This seminar formed part of the Commission's agreed programme of work, with other similar meetings to be held in South Africa, China and the United States in 2008 and 2009. The next meeting of the full Commission will take place in Stockholm at the beginning of September.