Virtual Exhibition E-Discussions: Working Together for Sustainable Development

By Terri Willard, Heather Creech on May 9, 2003
In the lead up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development, Business Action for Sustainable Development and the United Nations Development Programme co-sponsored the Virtual Exhibition to showcase sustainable development partnerships to the world. From May 6 to June 11, 2002, on behalf of the Virtual Exhibition, the International Institute for Sustainable Development facilitated an electronic consultation on the nature of partnerships for sustainable development. The dialogue explored the power and potential of SD partnerships. Over 475 people subscribed to the e-conference, with one third of the contributions coming from participants based in the south/transitional countries. A richness of observation and analysis was provided, from which can be drawn a number of useful conclusions about partnership practice.

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IISD, 2003