OIF underlines cultural diversity in sustainable development

Paris- France (PANA) -- "Cultural diversity is an essential dimension of sustainable development," says Boutros Boutros- Ghali, Secretary General of the Francophonie International Organisation (OIF) in a message to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The former UN Secretary-General said here Monday that OIF will actively take part in the WSSD and call for the promotion and diffusion of the French language and the development of languages and cultures coexisting within the French-speaking countries.
An official of the OIF, Lansana Kouyate, will deliver the message of the OIF secretary general, appealing to the summit for "a humanised globalisation in favour of all and which is respectful of cultural diversity.
" Ten years after the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Boutros-Ghali urges countries of the North and those in the South to "take concrete actions, designed to safeguard the planet and manage carefully and fairly resources between countries and generations.
" According to Boutros-Ghali, actions of states since the Rio summit have not been commensurate with hopes that arose from that gathering.
On the contrary, he said, "pressure on environment dangerously increased, disparities widened everywhere, not only between northern and southern countries, but within developed countries as well.
" "Commitments made in Johannesburg should be followed with complete implementation of the Rio decisions on economic, social and environmental sectors," he said.
He emphasised the need for letting every person have access to quality education, which is a determinant factor in the fight against poverty and exclusion.

26 august 2002 20:22:00




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