Venue: Yaounde

Location: Yaounde, Cameroon

Event Date/Time: Oct 07, 2010 End Date/Time: Oct 10, 2010
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“ All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and spirit and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood”

Article 1 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.

Despite that lofty ideal, prejudice and discrimination continue to plague mankind. Those who are regularly treated prejudicially often live in fear of further ill-treatment. When they attend a social gathering, they may become sick with anxiety. They have fever social priviledges and legal rights and discriminations can lead to such evils as ethnic cleansing and genocide. Power in the form of energy is vital in our lives. Power in politics can determine our place in society and how we lead our lives. Lack of political power can lead to life in poverty. Power and poverty affect the sustainability of the environment and society.

This conference will highlight and develop concrete initiatives that will assist developing and rapidly urbanizing countries in their work towards poverty eradication and achieving the millennium development goals and how national development agencies, International financing institutions and NGO’s can contribute by integrating environmental concerns into their practice.
This conference will focus on issues of particular relevance to the sub-saharan African region while giving continued attention to trends and topics from other regions.

The conference will promote a new development paradigm. The current approach which favours small, dispersed and fragmented projects, may not be as effective as a more comprehensive integrated local planning framework. Experience shows that economic development is more effectively achieved when local authorities implement and integrate local planning instruments in a coordinated and comprehensive manner.

The official languages of the conference will be English and French and the format will include guest speakers, presented papers, posters and workshops/symposia.