Environmental Sustainability with Maurice Strong (2002)

January 01, 2002

The inaugural Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue was presented to leading environmentalist Maurice Strong in 2002. Maurice Strong served as Secretary General of the 1972 United Nations Conference on the Human Environment and the 1992 Rio Environmental Summit, as well as the first Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

About Maurice

Canadian Maurice Strong, former special advisor to the secretary-general of the United Nations, made extraordinary contributions to the world of public affairs and business. His work for the first United Nations conference on The Human Environment in Stockholm in 1972, of which he was secretary-general, provided the foundation for all subsequent international environmental negotiations.

For three decades, he challenged all nations to work together to overcome global environmental threats. The complexity of creating this world dialogue on the survival of the Earth and the search to find practical solutions cannot be underestimated. It is a tribute to Maurice Strong’s insight and consummate skill and to his persistence and faith in humanity that the dialogue continues today.

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The Jack P. Blaney Award for Dialogue is presented to an individual who exemplifies, internationally, the spirit and programs of SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. Recipients of the award have demonstrated excellence and accomplishments in using dialogue to further complex issues of public importance.