Press release

IISD's Tattenbach to speak to environment industry on the state of sustainable development

March 13, 2011

WINNIPEG—March 14, 2011—International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) president and CEO Franz Tattenbach will deliver a keynote speech on the state of sustainable development at the Americana 2011 trade show in Montreal, on March 24.

The Quebec Business Council on the Environment and IISD will co-host the all-day seminar on current trends and future perspectives, which will cover the economic, environmental and social dimensions of sustainable development. There will be three speakers for each dimension, representing academia, business and non-government organizations.

An estimated 8,000 people are expected to attend Americana 2011—the ninth biennial edition of the Americana International Environmental Technology Trade Show and Conference, March 22–24. It features 350 exhibits and participants from 50 countries representing a cross-section of sectors including industry, technology, business, government, academia and media.

The conference theme is Tomorrow reinvented.

Deborah Murphy, a senior associate with IISD's climate change and energy program will make a presentation on March 22, day one of the conference, on the subject of International carbon market mechanisms. Her topic is the Future of International carbon market mechanisms in the Post-Kyoto Period, which will focus on potential mechanisms to engage developing countries, such as the clean development mechanism (CDM), reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD), and others.

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The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) is an award-winning independent think tank working to accelerate solutions for a stable climate, sustainable resource management, and fair economies. Our work inspires better decisions and sparks meaningful action to help people and the planet thrive. We shine a light on what can be achieved when governments, businesses, non-profits, and communities come together. IISD’s staff of more than 250 experts come from across the globe and from many disciplines. With offices in Winnipeg, Geneva, Ottawa, and Toronto, our work affects lives in nearly 100 countries.