11 November 2003

At its Steering Committee meeting held in Shanghai from 2-4 November 2003, IUCN's Commission on Environmental Law agreed to recognize new 'centres of excellence' in Botswana - at the University of Botswana, Costa Rica - at the University of Costa Rica, China - at the Shanghai Jiao Tong University and South Africa - at the University of Natal. This brings to 13 the number of centres recognized by IUCN CEL, since APCEL was opened as the first 'centre of excellence' at the National University of Singapore in February 1996. IUCN CEL also agreed to develop a uniform 'Charter' for IUCN CEL Recognized Centres of Excellence, the draft of which will be further consulted on before being finalized. The recognition of IUCN CEL 'centres of excellence' helps progress Agenda 21 and IUCN's statutory objective to build alliances and expert networks for conservation.


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