The German government has set up a council for sustainable development to act as its advisory body on environment, economic and consumer protection issues. A key aim for the council is dispelling the apparent conflict between the environment and the economy, according to Martin Bury, minister of state for the Chancellor's office. The council will contribute to a national strategy of sustainability planned for submission at the international climate conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2002. That strategy is being drawn up by a committee of secretaries of state for the government, which was set up in March. Council members will include representatives from environmental groups and industry, trades unions and research organisations.