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Alcoa Foundation calls for Global action on sustainability and conservation

Alcoa : 03 August, 2007  (Company News)
This will mark the launch of the Alcoa Foundation Global Conservation and Sustainability Network, a platform for future collaboration and more informed decision making on sustainability issues by industry, governments, and communities around the world.
Joseph Stiglitz, University Professor at Columbia University, the widely-noted author on globalization, called for leadership action on sustainability and climate change by the developed world’s governments.

“Our future well-being depends on taking actions now for conservation and environmental sustainability. If we lack the leadership from the top, then we must have leadership from below,” said Professor Stiglitz.

Alain Belda, Chairman and CEO of Alcoa, Inc., highlighted the need for concerted action and broad accountability: “To be true catalysts for change, we must work on all fronts across all sections of society. The Alcoa Foundation’s Global Network will bring together many of the world’s best minds from academia, government, NGOs and industry to find new paths toward sustainability. Simply put, our commitment is to work for step change through innovation and concerted action.”

The Alcoa Foundation Global Conservation & Sustainability Program is funding research into sustainability. This Network will provide the means to accelerate the diffusion and application of cross-disciplinary research outcomes.

From Australia to Zambia, dozens of Alcoa Foundation fellows are currently conducting research and tackling issues that have local impact and global implications. The program’s combination of pure and applied research and unique interdisciplinary structure means that these researchers and practitioners are providing responses that provide decision makers in governments and business with usable information they can apply to meet specific sustainability and conservation challenges.
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