Contribution to IGU Conference and Congress
The AGC was a significant contributor to plenary sessions in
2002 at the Durban Regional Conference. At the 2004 Glasgow Congress
we were even more active! The opening session on Monday, August
16 featured former French Minister of Industry Christian Pierret;
Mr. Pierret was the only Minister to address the Glasgow Congress.
He is indeed distinguished and a strong supporter of geography
in general and applied geography in particular. Mr. le Ministre
Christian Pierret has been awarded the IGU Planet and Humanity
Medal “In recognition of his contribution to the geographical
culture through the creation of the Unique International Festival
of Geography in Saint-Die-des-Vosges, a major annual event extols
geography as the nexus relating humans, environment, and society” (International
Geographical Union, Report 2000-2004 page 20). As a member of
The Applied Geographical Commission’s International Industry
Advisory Committee Mr. Pierret attended the AGC’s dinner
for commission members and friends and he participated in both
of the AGC’s sessions on Monday the 16th.
Finally Mr. Pierret and AGC Chair Antoine Bailly
played a central role in the IGU’s August 17 Plenary Session
titled Geopolitics in the 21st Century World: Cultures in Confrontation.
made a presentation on “Considering borders between States
and Nations, Ukraine, Belarus, Turkey and EU”. AGC Chair
Antoine Bailly chaired this session.