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  • Anti-poverty NGO predicts hijacking of WSSD by private interests
    26 august 2002 16:44:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- War on Want, an international organisation fighting global poverty, predicted Monday that the Earth Summit in Johannesburg was in danger of being hijacked by private interests through emerging partnership agreements brokered by influential corporate lobbyists. Full text...

  • Mbeki opens World Summit in Johannesburg
    26 august 2002 16:11:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) opened Monday in Johannesburg with a call by South African President Thabo Mbeki for an agreement on practical measures that will help humanity to achieve desired development goals. Full text...

  • Worldwide movement blames corporations for environmental abuses
    26 august 2002 16:06:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Community activists and NGOs from around the world attending the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg have created a united worldwide movement to hold corporations accountable for environmental and social abuses. Full text...

  • New Mauritian environmental law effective September
    26 august 2002 15:46:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The Environment ministry in Mauritius has announced that a new law on environmental protection replacing a 1991 legislation would come into force on 1 September. Full text...

  • UNEP boss makes plea for sustainable development
    26 august 2002 14:59:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- UN Environment Programme (UNEP) director general Klaus Toepfer made a fervent call Monday in Johannesburg for the world to turn the dream of sustainable development into reality, in the same way that South Africa made her dream of freedom come true. Full text...

  • Chevron donates software to Nigerian Conservation Foundation
    26 august 2002 14:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Chevron Nigeria Limited has donated some Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software to the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), the Foundation said. Full text...

  • Johannesburg WSSD doomed to fail, critics say
    26 august 2002 14:03:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Two left-wing American professors have intimated that the World Summit on Sustainable Development that kicked off in Johannesburg Monday is bound to fail like the Rio Earth Summit held a decade ago. Full text...

  • British press pessimistic about WSSD Summit
    26 august 2002 12:56:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Major British newspapers believe the rift between a US-led group and the European Union on the agenda of the World Summit on Sustainable Development which opened in Johannesburg, South Africa Monday, could mar the outcome of the meeting. Full text...

  • Richest nations forge 'axis of environmental evil' at WSSD - NGO
    26 august 2002 11:01:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- As negotiations got under way Monday at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, a civil society group called Friends of the Earth International (FEI) accused the US, Australia and Canada of standing in the way of international agreements for people and the planet and called on other governments to ignore this "axis of environmental evil. Full text...

  • Environment friendly vehicle unveiled at World Summit
    26 august 2002 09:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Toyota Motor Corporation of Japan will highlight its environmental leadership at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg with a special exhibit featuring two hybrid vehicles - including one powered by a fuel cell. Full text...

  • Togo plans to tap Ghana's potable water network
    26 august 2002 08:35:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo is looking into the possibility of connecting to neighbouring Ghana's water network, in order to directly tap either treated potable water or untreated water to be processed in Lome. Full text...

  • WWF unhappy with the draft plan of WSSD
    25 august 2002 17:27:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The global conservation body, WWF has expressed disappointment that the draft plan for implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development clearly fails to deliver the tangible and time bound actions needed to achieve sustainable and equitable global development. Full text...

  • Global environment still suffering 10 years after Rio
    24 august 2002 20:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ten years ago, Heads of state and governments from across the world met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to answer the distress call from planet Earth, which was suffering from human activity and natural phenomena. Full text...

  • WSSD needs political will, resources to meet challenges, FAO says
    24 august 2002 19:14:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organisation has identified two political will and adequate resources as critical to efforts at meeting the challenges of sustainable development, including poverty alleviation. Full text...

  • WSSD to figure out ways to overcome Agenda 21 obstacles
    24 august 2002 16:35:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The UN has said the World Summit on Sustainable Development opening next Monday in Johannesburg would specify concrete means of overcoming problems that have hampered implementation of Agenda 21 adopted 10 years ago in Rio. Full text...

  • Peace organisation calls for transformation of UN
    24 august 2002 15:07:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Ahead of next week's World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, a peace organisation has urged governments attending the forum to transform the UN into a world Parliament with elected representatives. Full text...

  • Heavy rains kill four in Algeria
    23 august 2002 22:47:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Heavy windy rains have hit the city of Tebessa, 700 km east of Algiers, killing four people and causing extensive property damage, the civil protection services said Friday. Full text...

  • World Bank president calls for bold measures in Johannesburg
    23 august 2002 20:12:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- World Bank president James Wolfensohn has called on the international community to undertake courageous steps during the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) scheduled from 26 August to 4 September in Johannesburg, South Africa. Full text...

  • WSSD spotlights South Africa's Ekurhuleni municipality
    23 august 2002 20:09:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality faces one of the greatest challenges for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) as 60,000 delegates and visitors will land at the Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) situated within the metro. Full text...

  • African states urged to invest in science, technology
    23 august 2002 16:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African chemical scientists Friday concluded their meeting in Nakuru, Kenya with a call on governments to invest in science and technology so as to accelerate industrialisation and improve chances for economic prosperity. Full text...

  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu visits Greenpeace ship
    23 august 2002 12:20:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu who is a Nobel peace laureate visited the Greenpeace ship the Esperanza Friday in Cape Town, to give his blessing to the vessel and crew who recently protested against the passage of two plutonium carrying ships off the South African coast. Full text...

  • Kenya and Kuwaiti embassy bicker over bird export
    23 august 2002 11:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A diplomatic row is simmering between the government of Kenya and Kuwaiti embassy in Nairobi following the latter's failure to meet a two-week deadline given it to return an endangered bird it exported to Kuwait early this year. Full text...

  • Mauritius assesses environmental problems before Johannesburg
    22 august 2002 23:31:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Environment Minister Rajesh Bhagwan Thursday issued a report on the environmental situation on the island as a prelude to the holding of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) which kicks off in Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday. Full text...

  • Praia to host symposium on flora and fauna
    22 august 2002 20:52:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Praia will 9-13 September host the 4th symposium on flora and fauna, organised to enable an exchange on studies carried out on animal and plant species in the Atlantic region. Full text...

  • Congo gets environmental communication network
    22 august 2002 20:02:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A Network of Communicators on the Environment (RCE) has been set up in Brazzaville to promote environmental education for sustainable development, an official source indicated Thursday. Full text...

  • Botswana issues report on Rio Earth Summit
    22 august 2002 19:15:00
    GABORONE- Botswana (PANA) -- The Botswana government has released a report detailing progress made towards implementation of recommendations made at the 1992 Rio Conference. Full text...

  • Commonwealth wants WSSD to moot sustainable development projects
    22 august 2002 18:57:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon has said success of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) opening 26 August in Johannesburg, South Africa would be measured by the progress made in generating and implementing effective sustainable development projects. Full text...

  • US promises more aid for good governance ahead of WSSD
    22 august 2002 18:39:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The US government said in its report for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) released Thursday, that it would give more aid to countries that ruled justly, invested in their people and encouraged economic freedom. Full text...

  • Botswana peasants accuse South Africans of misusing water
    22 august 2002 17:32:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- A row is simmering between Botswana cattle owners and their South African neighbours over the use of water from a dam straddling their common border. Full text...

  • Biodegradable paper statues symbolise a sustainable future
    22 august 2002 10:10:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- As participants gather for the Earth Summit in Johannesburg next week, South African artists and local communities in deprived areas around Johannesburg are getting involved, helping each other to make a living through work on Friends of the Earth International's art installation, "Hear our Voice. Full text...

  • Strong Ivorian delegation to attend WSSD
    21 august 2002 23:52:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire, (PANA) -- A 34-strong delegation would represent Cote d'Ivoire at the World Summit on Sustainable Development holding 26 August-4 September in Johannesburg, authorities indicated Wednesday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • New report highlights technology use in planet's protection
    21 august 2002 23:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) - the international conservation body - has launched a new publication that shows how information and communication technology (ICT) could play a positive role in achieving sustainable development days before the opening of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Full text...

  • Botswana fails to halt decline in biodiversity
    21 august 2002 23:17:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Ten years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro during which various conventions on the environment were signed, Botswana has done little to slow down or halt the decline in its biodiversity, an assessment report indicated Wednesday. Full text...

  • Botswana civil society evaluates implementation of Agenda 21
    21 august 2002 21:29:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Ahead of the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) starting 26 August, the civil society in Botswana has released its assessment of the country's implementation of the recommendations of the Rio summit (Agenda 21) ten years since. Full text...

  • Johannesburg hotels fully booked ahead of WSSD
    21 august 2002 21:13:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- All hotel rooms in Johannesburg and its environs have been snapped up by delegates who began arriving for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) earlier in the week. Full text...

  • Kenyan NGO complains against Canadian mining company
    21 august 2002 16:19:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A Kenyan NGO has requested its counterparts from other parts of the world meeting in Johannesburg to highlight the plight of Kenyans displaced by a Canadian mining company. Full text...

  • Senegal gets 5.6 million dollars to protect ecosystems
    21 august 2002 13:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal has obtained a grant of 5. Full text...

  • World Weather Watch links severe storms, sustainable development
    21 august 2002 09:16:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Deputy Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, believes changing global weather patterns should form an important part of next week's World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Mauritius braces up for battle with crows
    20 august 2002 23:35:00
    Port-Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- The authorities in Mauritius are contemplating a vast campaign to exterminate the Indian House Crow in the island, where the bird is seen as a nuisance, official sources said. Full text...

  • Leaders told to take action to curb climate change in Africa
    20 august 2002 21:53:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Six days before delegates convene in South Africa for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), a new report from the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) says that the choices that world leaders make on energy at the summit will have widespread implications for Biodiversity, water supply and food security in Africa. Full text...

  • Book takes issue with proposed WSSD policies
    20 august 2002 21:27:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A book launched Tuesday in Johannesburg as the first South African function of the international network on sustainable development, takes issue with some of the proposals advanced for the upcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • WWF urges world leaders to take action on environment
    20 august 2002 15:14:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Disappointed by the results of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, World Wide Fund for nature (WWF) has urged world leaders to take concrete actions to prevent another failure during the forthcoming gathering in Johannesburg, South Africa. Full text...

  • Nigeria gets grant to implement Environmental Convention
    20 august 2002 14:54:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved 498,000 US dollars for Nigeria to implement the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), the Minister of State for Environment Imeh Okopido, said. Full text...

  • Lake Victoria to benefit from new partnership
    20 august 2002 14:38:00
    Kisumu- Kenya (PANA) -- Lake Victoria and its ecosystem, including the riparian communities, are set to benefit from the collaboration between a local environmental NGO and a global network whose main mandate is sustainable management of lakes. Full text...

  • African scientists discuss chemicals
    20 august 2002 14:21:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Over 500 African scientists have converged in Nakuru, 157 km from Nairobi where the 4th International Chemical Society Conference opened Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zambian experts warn of lesser rain in 2003
    20 august 2002 12:29:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambia and the rest of Southern Africa could again have less rain next season due to effects of a weather condition known as 'El Nino' that is currently building up in the Pacific Ocean, a meteorology official warned Tuesday. Full text...

  • Swaziland suffers environmental degradation
    20 august 2002 11:53:00
    Mbabane- Swaziland (PANA) -- Whilst a majority of countries worldwide have made some preparations for the forthcoming World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), Swaziland lags far behind. Full text...

  • Tensions rise as nuclear ships round the Cape
    20 august 2002 11:19:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- British Nuclear Fuels (BNFL) has accused Greenpeace of "gross irresponsibility" by announcing the actual position of two ships which are carrying plutonium around South Africa. Full text...

  • EU moves to help Madagascar fight locusts
    19 august 2002 23:41:00
    Brussels- Belgium (PANA) -- The European Union has made a grant of 1 million euro to Madagascar to finance a campaign against locusts. Full text...

  • African scholars prepare for Global Mountain Summit
    19 august 2002 18:10:00
    Dar es Salaam- Tanzania (PANA) -- African scholars Monday began a six-day meeting in Moshi, northern Tanzania to work out a common agenda for the forthcoming Global Mountain Summit. Full text...

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