of the Roadmap to 2002
Derek Osborn was Director General of Environmental
Protection at the UK Department of the Environment from 1990 to 1995. Since then he has
been operating independently in the environmental field and has a number of different
roles. He is Chair of the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen; Chair of UNED-UK, an
NGO which keeps groups in the UK in touch with international activity on environment and
sustainable development; and Chair of the Earth Centre development in South Yorkshire
currently being completed, which will be an educational centre, demonstrating the
challenges of the environment and sustainability, and the solutions that are being
developed to meet them.
In 1997 Derek was invited to act as co-chair of the United
Nations negotiations 'five years after Rio' leading up to Earth Summit II in New York last
June. He has subsequently, with Tom Bigg, published 'Earth Summit II - Outcomes and
Analysis'. The book analyses this Conference outlining what needs to be done now to
make Rio + 10 in the year 2002 a more successful occasion, which re-animates the progress
of sustainable development around the world.
Felix develops and manages projects for UNED-UK,
representing UNED-UK at UN events. His specific objectives are to help organise and
facilitate the involvement of Major Groups in the UN system, both domestically and
In addition, Felix Co-chairs the CSD NGO Steering
Committee, which co-ordinates the involvement of NGOs in the UN Commission for
Sustainable Development. He has been an NGO advisor to the UK Government and the European
Commission (97-98), at the UN CSD (93-96). He has attended the UN
Rio Summit, Habitat II and Earth Summit II.
In support of his work, Felix has produced numerous
publications and reports. Covering topics ranging from NGOs and the UN, Agenda 21,
Sustainable Development Indicators, and follow-up reports to main UN conferences.
Notably this includes his analysis of the Rio process in his book 'The Way Forward -
Beyond Agenda 21'.
Having achieved his Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental
Management in 1996, Toby Middleton has worked with Local Authorities in Environment &
Health and Planning Fields before coming to UNED-UK. Here he focused initially on the
UNED-UK's Environment & Health Programme, subsequently moving to support the
organisation's work on international issues. Most notably, UNED-UKs role on the UN
CSD NGO Steering Committee covering a variety of Sustainable Development issues. The
Roadmap is a natural progression in UNED-UKs work in mapping out the agenda of
events and developments in the field of Sustainable Development in the build up to Earth
Summit III in 2002.
He has represented UNED-UK at the United Nations
Environment Programme's 20th Governing Council, co-ordinating and chairing Ministerial
side events, and also attended the Global meeting of UNEP National Committees, of which
UNED is the Committee for the UK.
Over the last 18 months Toby has contributed to UNED-UK
publications in support of the project work he has been co-ordinating. These programmes
include work with Globe UK, the Parliamentary Sustainable Development Steering Group,
liaising with European Sustainable Development NGOs, and co-ordinating workshops, meetings
and conferences, and representing UNED-UK and the UNA-UK on the UK MAI Coalition.
Toby has also been working towards completing his Masters
Degree and is currently developing research projects - supporting UNED-UKs
agenda - to
achieve this. Areas of specific interest the direction of international sustainable
development into the next millennium.
Yani Vozos is finishing the final year of his first degree
in Urban and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, USA. He has studied
in and travelled to more than twenty countries around the world, building a catalogue of
experiences which have prompted an awareness of global issues (mainly centred around the
broad and dynamic topic of sustainable development). This awareness has resulted in his
motivation for involvement within affiliated organisations. He has worked at the local
government level within urban planning and community development and has been working at
UNED-UK providing support to different projects concerning broad-based sustainable
development in both local and international venues.
Earth Summit 2002 Website Intern
ZoŽ has had a long-standing
interest in environment and development issues, furthered by extensive
international travel (particularly in Asia). After completing a first
degree, in Modern History, at Bristol University in 1999, she set off to
explore more of the world.
After four months in India -
highlights included time spent studying yoga and Tibetan cookery, staying
at Gandhi's ashram, visiting development projects and meeting the Dalai
Lama - she spent three months in the US. Here she taught an environmental
education course and worked on the website of a San Francisco-based
environmental charity, Green City.
ZoŽ is now back in the UK,
with a consolidated commitment to make a career in the field of sustainable
development. As a first step on this path, she is working on the Earth
Summit 2002 website, and has taken on responsibility for the Roadmap to