Austin Rivenburg, ISU United Nations Association, (515) 294- 8094
Steve Sullivan, News Service, (515) 294-3720
ISU HOSTS 'SHARING THE HEARTLAND,' A TOWN MEETING TO
PREPARE FOR JUNE U.N. CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL
AMES, Iowa -- "Sharing the Heartland Experience With the World," one in a series of regional town meetings focusing on America's cities and rural areas, will held be at Iowa State University on Saturday, March 30.
The town meeting, which will begin at 1:45 p.m. in the Scheman Building, is one of 12 being held across the country to formulate the positions U.S. officials will present at the 2nd United Nations Conference on Human Settlements in Istanbul, Turkey, in June. "Sharing the Heartland" is the only regional town meeting being held in a rural setting.
"Sharing the Heartland" begins with a series of morning working session focusing on options in housing, housing choices for older Iowans, information technology and communities, designing sustainable communities, poverty in the heartland, experiences of minority populations in the Midwest and youth and community. Several Iowa State University faculty and extension specialists will be involved in the working sessions.
The keynote speaker will be Carol Franklin, landscape architect with Andropogen Associates, a Philadelphia firm considered one of the leaders in sustainable development. She will speak at noon at a luncheon in the Scheman Building.
Federal officials with U.S. Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. State Department, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the United Nations are expected to attend "Sharing the Heartland."
The goal of the U.N. conference in Istanbul, also called Habitat II, is to examine ways to make the world's cities, towns and villages healthy, safe, equitable and sustainable. Particular emphasis will be placed on adequate housing for the world's population.
The town meeting portion of "Sharing the Heartland" is free and open to the public. The registration fee for the entire "Sharing the Heartland" conference is $30, which includes breakfast, lunch and refreshments at breaks. There is an additional $10 fee for a reception and dinner. Students may attend the working sessions and town meeting at no charge. For more information, contact the ISU Chapter of the United Nations Association, (515) 294-8094; e- mail, firstname.lastname@example.org. To register, call (515) 294-1400.
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