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Sustainable Development Organisations, Publications and Strategies and Directories

Many organisations around the world work towards sustainable development. This list, while by no means comprehensive, provides useful contacts and starting points for those seeking information, funding, project support and networking opportunities for environmental and sustainable development work.  This list largely reflects the many organisations that supported and participated in the Conference on Sustainable Development in East Timor.

A website and Email address are provided for most organisations.




East Timorese NGOs

The East Timor NGO Forum is an umbrella organisation for the many national NGOs in East Timor. A list of East Timorese NGOs and their contact details, including those working on environment and sustainable development can be found at:

Email East Timor NGO Forum:


• Amnesty International


Amnesty International is a worldwide campaigning movement that works to promote all the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international standards.


• Australian Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE)  

The Australian Cooperative Research Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE) seeks to create an internationally competitive renewable energy industry.


• Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF)


The ACF is a national non-government, non-profit environment organisation. ACF campaigns on matters needing urgent action and has a vision for long-term reform, accountable and ecologically sound management of cities, industries and natural heritage.


• Both Ends (Netherlands)


Both Ends supports inspiring environment initiatives all over the world, primarily in developing countries and central and eastern European countries.


• BP Solar


BP Solar and its extensive network of distributors and dealers provide solar electric power solutions for industrial, commercial, and residential customers throughout the world.


• Ecological Architects Association  (EAA)

The Ecological Architects Association (EAA) is a Sydney based association of architects concerned with ecologically sustainable design.

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• Earth Council


The Earth Council is an international NGO that helps countries implement sustainable development.  The Earth Council operates in partnership with governments or organisations to assist countries to establish National Councils for Sustainable Development (NCSDs).


• Environmental Defenders Office (Australia) (EDO)


The National EDO Network consists of nine independently constituted and managed community environmental legal centres spread across Australia. Each EDO office is dedicated to protecting the environment in the public interest. 


• Environmental Technology Centre, Murdoch University (Western Australia) (ETC)


The aim of the ETC is to research, develop and demonstrate environmental technologies, conduct education and training, provide consultancy services to industry, and raise community awareness of environmental technologies. The Centre includes an integrated operational display of technology for sustainable development.    


• Friends of the Earth International (FoEI)  (FoE Australia:

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Friends of the Earth is the world's largest federation of environmental groups, uniting close to one million activists worldwide. FoEI's member organisations in 68 countries and 13 affiliate groups campaign on the most urgent environmental and social issues of our day.


• Greenpeace International



• Human Rights Watch

Human Rights Watch is dedicated to protecting the human rights of people around the world. 


• Indonesian Centre for Environmental Law (ICEL)

ICEL advocates for and develops environmental policy and legislation. ICEL works with other environmental NGOs and supports community groups with the aim of ensuring that development is ecologically sustainable and based on democracy, defence of human rights and the rule of law.


• Institute for Sustainable Futures, Australia (ISF)

ISF works in partnership with industry, government and the community to develop programs that provide an active and practical response to current issues of economic, social and ecological sustainability.


• International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements


The International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements is the worldwide umbrella organisation of the organic agriculture movement, with about 740 member organisations and institutions in some 103 countries all over the world.

• International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)


IIED aims to provide expertise and leadership in researching and achieving sustainable development at local, national, regional and global levels.


• International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)


The Canadian based IISD works to make development sustainable by putting forward policy recommendations based on careful analysis on international trade, economic instruments, climate change and natural resource management.


• International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) (Australia and New Zealand

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ICLEI is an association of local governments dedicated to the prevention and solution of local, regional, and global environmental problems through local action. Over 300 cities, towns, counties, and their associations from around the world are members of ICLEI.


• La’o Hamutuk



La'o Hamutuk is a joint East Timorese-international organisation that seeks to monitor and to report on the activities of the principal international institutions present in East Timor.


• Mineral Policy Institute, Australia (MPI)


MPI monitors and campaigns on the extensive environmental and social impacts of the minerals industry in the Asia-Pacific region.


• Organic Federation of Australia (OFA)


The OFA is the peak industry body for the Australian organic and biodynamic industry.  It actively lobbies for increased resources for sustainable agriculture and provides information and advisory and extension services and resources to its members, the public and government. 



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Oz GREEN is a NGO that offers environmental education programs.  It is part of the Global Rivers Environmental Education Network, an international network committed to actively improving and sustaining the planet's water. 


• Pacific Concerns Resource Centre (PCRC)


The PCRC serves as the secretariat for the Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific (NFIP) movement.  PCRC’s objective is to educate the peoples of the Pacific regarding their environment, political and economic equity, and justice and peace in their region.


• Protimos Foundation


The Protimos Foundation is an organisation of practicing and academic lawyers and environmentalists which aims to provide assistance to creating and improving legal and institutional methods for equitable use of biodiversity resources.


 • Regional Community Forestry Training Centre (RECOFTC)


The Regional Community Forestry Training Centre for Asia and the Pacific is an international organisation which works to actively support community forestry development in the region.


• South Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP)


SPREP is a regional organisation established by the governments and administrations of the Pacific region to look after its environment.  The members of SPREP are all 22 Pacific island countries and territories and Australia, France, New Zealand and the United States of America.


• United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)


The Commission on Sustainable Development was created in December 1992 to ensure effective follow-up of the Rio Earth Summit and to monitor and report on implementation of the Earth Summit agreements at the local, national, regional and international levels.


• United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

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UNDP is the UN's principal provider of development advice, advocacy and grant support. The East Timor Web site includes publications and information about East Timor.


• United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)


UNEP works with governments to promote environmentally sound forms of development, and coordinates global action for development without destruction of the environment. 


• Wahana Lingkungan Hidup Indonesia (WALHI)


WALHI is a forum established by civil society groups and is composed of NGOs and environment groups. WALHI aims to achieve the sustainable management of the environment and natural resources by emphasising principles of justice, community participation, and democracy.


• World Conservation Union (IUCN)

IUCN works through a worldwide partnership of states, government agencies, NGOs, affiliates, scientists and experts to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable.


• Worldwatch Institute


Worldwatch is a non-profit public policy research organisation dedicated to informing policymakers and the public about emerging global problems and trends and the complex links between the world economy and its environmental support systems. 


• World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF)


WWF is the world's largest private international conservation organisation. It promotes public awareness of conservation problems and works to protect of threatened species and environments.


• Women's Environment and Development Organisation (WEDO)


WEDO is an international advocacy organisation that seeks to increase the power of women worldwide as policymakers at all levels in governments, institutions and forums to achieve economic and social justice, a healthy and peaceful planet, and human rights for all.


• World Resources Institute


The World Resources Institute provides information, ideas, and solutions to global environmental problems.



Publications and strategies

A number of influential documents have been published to help ensure the global achievement of sustainable development. In 1980, IUCN, UNEP and WWF published the World Conservation Strategy.  Ten years later, the same three organisations published Caring for the Earth, which builds on all that has been learned in the last decade about the complexity of the problems and shows how radical and far reaching are the actions and objectives needed to meet them.  The text of Caring for the Earth can be found at:

The report of the World Commission on Environment and Development Our Common Future was published in 1987. Our Common future examines critical environment and development problems on the planet and puts forward realistic proposals to solve them.

• Agenda 21

The Rio Earth Summit in 1992 resulted in a major sustainable development strategy-Agenda 21.  Agenda 21 set out to specify the issues and topics that need to be dealt with in any attempt to achieve sustainability. It addresses poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy and environmental degradations as a set of interrelated issues. Agenda 21 requires each country to draw up a national strategy of sustainable development.


• Strategies for National Sustainable Development

A Handbook for their Planning and Implementation by

Jeremy Carew-Reid, Robert Prescott-Allen, Stephen Bass and Barry Dalal-Clayton

A handbook for people who are or expect to be involved in developing and implementing National Sustainable Development Strategies (NSDSs) or other multi-sectoral national strategies.


• National Councils on Sustainable Development (Earth Council)


The Earth Council operates in partnership with governments or organisations to assist countries to establish National Councils for Sustainable Development (NCSDs) to promote and implement sustainable development at the national level.


• Social and Economic Conditions in East Timor

Editors: Jon Pedersen and Marie Arneberg, Project Director David L. Phillips

This report was published in November 1999. It provides base-line data of socio-economic conditions in East Timor at the time of the UN-sponsored referendum on autonomy for East Timor (August 1999).


• UN Common Country Assessment (East Timor)


This report was published in November 2000 by all UN agencies in East Timor to provide an analysis of development needs.  It provides base-line data and highlights a number of key development issues that need to be addressed to achieve socio-economic development that is human oriented, equitable and sustainable.


• Assessing Environmental Needs and Priorities in East Timor: Issues and Priorities Odd Terje Sandlund, Ian Bryceson, Demetrio de Carvahlo, Narve Rio, Joana da Silva, Maria Isabel Silva

A report published in 2001 that outlines the major environmental issues facing East Timor today, and addresses the main environmental priorities.


Teaching and Learning for a Sustainable Future

A multimedia teacher education program published by UNESCO can be found at;




• Environmental Defenders Office (Australia) (EDO)


This website includes links to: Australian Commonwealth, State and Local Government environmental information; Australian legal resources; information for environmental lawyers; Australian environmental NGOs and groups; an Australian environmental activist legal resource page; and select international environmental legal links.

• Green Pages

A global directory for environmental technology-a guide to the full spectrum of environmental products & services, featuring 6633 suppliers from 129 countries.

• IISD Linkages

A multimedia resource for environment and development policy makers.

• Sustainability Web Ring


This Internet tool allows users to navigate easily between Web sites that deal with the principles, policies, and best practices for sustainable development.

• World Wide Web Virtual Library on Sustainable Development


A comprehensive list of internet sites dealing with sustainable development, including organisations, projects and activities, electronic journals, libraries, references, documents, databases and directories.