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Hundreds of delegates gather in Dundee for World Community Development Conference 2019

 Dundee, June 27.– Taking the theme of People, Place and Power, and based on the work of Dundee thinker Sir Patrick Geddes, the conference has attracted speakers from as far afield as Brazil, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Kenya and Canada.

Geddes, a pioneer of the global sustainable development movement, was a biologist, sociologist, geographer, philanthropist and ground-breaking town planner.

He is known for innovative thinking in the fields of urban planning and sociology and was professor of botany at University College Dundee from 1888 to 1919.

Conference contributors include Maria Virginia Bras Gomes, former chairwoman of the UN Committee for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and senior social policy adviser in Portugal’s Ministry of Solidarity, Employment and Social Security.

In her welcome to more than 500 delegates from 37 countries, communities secretary Aileen Campbell said: “It is fantastic that Scotland is hosting this impressive global gathering ...

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