Resolution – Athens, May 1987

First B.I.O. International Conference, Athens, May 1987


At the end of the First B.I.O. International Conference, held in Athens in May 1987, all B.I.O. goals were unanimously acknowledged by the conference participants, and the following

recommendations were made:

  • promote and initiate awareness of and a deep sense of responsibility by all peoples for the dangers arising from actual or possible direct interventions of man into his own and all other forms of bio-psychological substance by means of genetic and other bio-medical processes
  • promote and initiate regional cooperation for the development of the bio-environment and its protection against technically avoidable pollution among all relevant organisations and groups, including recording and publicising channels of information feedback
  • promote and initiate efforts aimed at minimising resource depletion as well as exploiting the use of recycled materials of all forms for the protection of the bio-environment
  • promote and initiate the widespread collection and flow of information and data relevant to the protection and development of the bio-environment, in both specialist institutions and public media
  • promote and initiate the incorporation of environmental education programs in national educational systems; and finally proposes for consideration
  • the need for a Universal Declaration in light of previous United Nations and UNEP declarations on the environment comparable to the Declaration of Human Rights or other internationally agreed conventions
  • work out rules and laws to facilitate the imposition of legal and moral sanctions on states and organisations failing to protect the environment
  • submit the issue of the bio-environment and its protection for debate and deliberation in the forthcoming 31st Plenary Session of the World Federation of United Nations Associations (WFUNA) to be held in Ottawa in August 1987, and its regional conferences in 1988
  • create national groups to be affiliated to the Biopolitics International Organisation

Conference themes and participants


Greece: Dimensions of Biopolitics, Dr. Agni Vlavianos-Arvanitis, President and Founder, Biopolitics International Organisation
UK: Philosophical Problems of Biopolitics, Professor Rom Harre, University of Oxford; Ways of Thinking About the Bio-Environment, Professor Andrew A. Brennan, University of Stirling; Biopolitics and the Philosophy of Evolution, Dr. Thomas S. Kemp, Zoological University Museum, Oxford
Yugoslavia: Philosophical Aspects of the Bio-Environment, Professor Adreja Miletic, Faculty of Political Sciences, Belgrade University
Sri Lanka: Man as an Evolutionary Phenomenon, Henry D.A.H.P. Karunaratne, Chairman, Executive Committee, UNA

Management Models

Canada: Explorers of Transition – Organisations, Dolores Schell, Consultant, Department of External Affairs, Ottawa
Greece: Public Policy Engineering – Operations Research in Decision Making, Dr. Achilles C. Kanellopoulos, Dean and Director of Studies, Southeastern College

Social Implications

Greece: The Tragedy of the Commons, Professor Michael Dearing, Deree College
Finland: The Creative Impact of Feminism on Biopolitics, Hilkka Pietila, Secretary General UNA Finland, Vice-President, WFUNA
USA: Biopolitics and Youth, James Muldoon Jr., Assistant Field Director, UNA

International Co-operation

UK: The Bio-Environment – Policy Recommendations, The Right Honourable Lord Ennals, Member, House of Lords, former Cabinet Minister
Singapore: Strategies for the Protection, Maintenance and Enhancement of Bios, Professor Tham Seong Chee, University of Singapore, President, UNA
Cyprus: The Bio-Environment – An Issue for Development and Foreign Policy, Androulla Vassiliou, Barrister-at-Law, Vice Chairman, Executive Committee, WFUNA
Austria: The Role of the United Nations in Preserving the Bio-Environment, Peter H. Feeg, Director, WFUNA, Vienna
Sri Lanka: Preservation of the Bio-Environment, Kumaran Fernando, Secretary, General, UNA
The Philippines: The Bio-Environment – Protection and Improvement of Life, Dr. Liduvina R. Senora, Executive Secretary, UNA
Nigeria: Bio-Environment – African Dimensions, Tina Uwechue, Vice-President, UNA

Politics, Education and Economics

Portugal: Biopolitics – Regional and Interregional Perspectives, Professor Antonio Manuel de Sousa Otto, Director, Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Algarves
Greece: Biopolitical Science, Professor Emmanuel E. Marcoglou, Deree College
GDR: The Bio-Environment and Education, Professor Erich Taubert, Weimar University
Hungary: The Bio-Environment – Economic Dimensions, Professor Gyula Bora, Vice-Rector, Karl Marx University
FRG: Ecology and Economic Policy, Professor Udo E. Simonis, Director, International Institute for Environment and Society, Science Center Berlin

Legal Implications

C.S.S.R: Preservation and International Law, Professor Juraj Cuth, President of the Slovak Peace Council
Turkey: Urban Planning and Bio-Environmental Policy, Professor Rusen Keles, Director, Center for Urban Studies, Faculty of Political Sciences, Ankara University
Israel: Biopolitics Legal Dimensions, Haim Klugman, Director General, Ministry of Justice
FRG: International Environmental Problems and the Role of Legislators, Professor Udo Simonis, International Institute for Environment and Society, Science Center Berlin

Technological Dimensions


USA: Global Warming and Sea Level Rise, Professor Giulio Pontecorvo, Columbia University
FRG: Lake Restoration in Berlin, Professor Gunther Klein, Institute for Water, Soil and Air Hygiene, Federal Health Office, Berlin; Chemical and Engineering Aspects of Phosphate Elimination, Professor Andreas Grohmann, Institute for Water, Soil and Air Hygiene, Federal Health Office, Berlin
Greece: Transfer Factors of Heavy Metals in Aquatic Organisms of Different Trophic Levels, Konstantina Akrida, Food Chemistry Laboratory, University of Ioannina Dr. Vassiliki Kalfakakou, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ioannina; Bio-Environmental Protection, Materials Recovery and Cost Saving: The Case of Flotation, Dr. Anastasios I. Zoumboulis, Department of Chemistry, Aristotelian University, Thessaloniki and Professor Francis A. Batzias, Piraeus Graduate School of Industrial Studies


Greece: Bio-Engineering – Medical Dimensions, Professor George M. Maniatis, University of Patras Medical School; Nutrition – Single Cell Protein Twenty Years Later, Professor Cleanthis J. Israelidis, Food Technology Institute, Southeastern College
FRG: Long-Term Air Pollution Effects and Health, Professor Horst Malberg, Free University, Berlin; Influences of Air Pollution and Weather on Croup Syndrome and Obstructive Respiratory Tract Disease of Children in Berlin, Dr. Med. Ulrich Fegeler, Meteorology Institute, University of Berlin

New Perspectives

France: Biotechnology, Man and the Bio-Environment, Dr. Guy Sergheraert, Center de Valorisation des Glucides
Greece: Comments on Biotechnology Professor Constantinos Sekeris, University of Athens, Director of Biology Research, National Research Center; Biotechnology and the Environment, Professor Michael Scoullos, President, European Environmental Bureau
Switzerland: Telecommunications Science and its Relation to Bios, Dr. Peter Stavroulakis, Manager, NYNEX International, Geneva
USA: Biotechnology and Fisheries Oceanography Dr. Philip Lobel, Research Scientist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and Associate in Oceanography, Center for Earth and Planetary Physics, Harvard University
UK: Technology and Change in the Bio-Environment: Some Contributions to the Process Theory, Dr. David Watts, University of Hull