According to incomplete statistics, nearly 500 delegates from more than 40 countries and regions across five continents attended the 3rd UNESCO International Geoparks Conference that was held in Osnabrück, Germany in the period June 21-26, 2008. Many countries in Asia, Europe, Africa and America directed their geoparks at the GGN (Global Geoparks Network), with a hope of being listed in this network. The Kanawinka Geopark - Australia had succeeded in joining the GGN recently.
Asia: The established Asia-Pacific Geoparks Network covered four member countries, i.e. China, Malaysia, Iran and Australia, where the global geopark had existed. Other Asian countries took a faster pace in entering the GGN. Japan, for example, set up the Japanese Geoparks Network in December, 2007, planning to hand in application materials of its four geoparks for the designation as a global geopark to UNESCO; furthermore, delegates from Korea, Vietnam, India, Oman and other countries were also present in the 3rd International Geoparks Conference. It was said that these countries were preparing related application materials in order to make a zero breakthrough true as early as possible.
Europe: Current members of the European Geoparks Network were mostly distributed in the western and southern Europe. Participants from the northern Europe (including Denmark and Norway) and the eastern Europe (including Serbia, Hungary, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Slovenia and Estonia, etc.) also expressed their wish of becoming a member of the GGN. An array of regions were preparing for this wish.
America: There was no member of the GGN in American countries other than Brazil where the first global geopark in America lay. In this conference, America, Canada and other countries gave voice to their desire of entry into the GGN. Besides.
Africa: All African countries, typically South Africa, had been being committed to enter the GGN. They had taken an active part in diverse activities organized by UNESCO. Beyond South Africa, Nigeria, Sierra Leone and other countries also appointed their own representatives to this conference, which indicated their concern about the GGN.