The biggest and most important world conference on man's environment opens on Monday (4 June) in Stockholm.
The biggest and most important world conference on man's environment opens on Monday (4 June) in Stockholm. Twelve hundred delegates from 109 countries are attending the conference - to be opened by King Gustav of Sweden.
Stockholm police have taken special training courses to deal with an expected influx of militant demonstrators from abroad at the time of the conference. During the weekend there were some small demonstrations against pollution - but no sign of foreign militants.
As a gesture towards anti-pollution measures, the United Nations is providing free bicycles for the use of visitors to Stockholm during the conference.
An "anti-pollution" group active in Stockholm welcomed the decision of the world body to supply bicycles -- but said the United Nations should not have bought new bicycles (the production of which further contributes to pollution) but should have refurbished older models. To make their point "the bike group" held their own demonstration in which they cycled slowly through the streets of Stockholm on older bicycles repainted.
SYNOPSIS: In Stockholm - the world's biggest and most important conference on man's environment is being organised this week by the United Nations. The world body has supplied new bicycles for the use of visitors to the Swedish capital during the conference. The United Nations considers that for delegates discussing ways of dealing with pollution, bicycles are the most appropriate means of transport.
Twelve hundred delegates from one hundred and nine countries are attending the conference - and it is also attracting anti-pollution demonstrators.
Stockholm police have taken special courses in dealing with mass demonstrations in case there's a big influx of militants from abroad. However, demonstrations in the days before the conference opened shewed no sign of foreign influence and passed off quietly.
A Swedish anti-pollution group has welcomed the United Nations decision to provide bicycles for visitors - but says the world body should not have chosen new cycles.
The group has for some time been repainting old cycles and lending them to citizens free of charge - and members used the refurbished cycles to stage their own demonstration on Saturday.