WRITER: SOK LIN LIM
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: April 4, 2001
UN official to address European environmental challenges
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Bedrich Moldan, chair of the United
Nations Commission on Sustainable Development, has spent many years involved
in international environmental diplomacy.
He will present a global perspective of current environmental
issues speaking from his experiences with "Environmental Challenges to Central
and Eastern European Economies in Transition." His lecture is Thursday, April
12, at 7:30 p.m. in the Terrace Room of the Iowa Memorial Union. The lecture
will be followed by a reception, both of which are free and open to the public.
Moldan's talk is the third in the International Programs
Distinguished Lecture Series, which is coordinated by the Iowa City Foreign
Relations Council with support from International Programs and the Stanley-UI
Foundation Support Organization. The series includes distinguished scholars
and environmentalists from the Czech Republic, India, Nicaragua and the United
States who are visiting the University of Iowa this spring to discuss, "A
Challenge for the 21st Century: Economic Development and Environmental Protection."
Moldan is also director of the Environmental Studies
Center and Professor of Environmental Studies at Charles University in Prague,
Czech Republic. He is also chief negotiator for environment, science and education
in the Czech Republic's delegation for accession to the European Union (EU),
spent many years working with the Geological Survey of Prague. He explains
that the Czech Republic's transition from an oppressive, centrally planned
regime to an open, democratic, and free market situation has posed obstacles
in formulating a new society.
"Some people insist that the process is essentially
completed, but I do not believe that is true. We have indeed changed most
of the laws and other rules, but the most essential and difficult task, the
transition of the people, and the transition of their thinking, is far from
being completed," Moldan said.
The first Minister for the Environment appointed in
the Czech Republic, Moldan's special interests include chemistry, geochemistry
UI programs, departments and centers co-sponsoring
the Distinguished Lecture series include: the Center for Global and Regional
Environmental Research, Center for Russian, Eastern European and Eurasian
Studies, Center for Human Rights, Center for Asian and Pacific Studies, Global
Studies, Latin American Studies, South Asian Studies, and Global Health Studies.
For more information about the lectures or for special accommodations to participate
in this program, call the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council at (319) 335-0351.
Iowa City Foreign Relations Council is part of UI
International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree
programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under
the associate provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve
to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship,
research and teaching.