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  • Cameroon moves to check obsolete pesticides
    06 september 2002 21:35:00
    Yaounde- Cameroon (PANA) -- Ninety-seven sites rendered unfit for cultivation by the use of obsolete pesticides were identified last year in Cameroon, according to a bulletin issued by the Inter-African Plant Protection Council. Full text...

  • Powell commends Gabon's conservation project
    06 september 2002 21:34:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- US secretary of state Colin Powell has commended Gabon's initiative to earmark 10 percent of its territory for the creation of a network of 12 national parks. Full text...

  • Gabon's forest is major feature of Colin Powell's visit
    06 september 2002 15:51:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- The protection of Gabon's forest, which is part of the tropical forest belt of the Congo basin, is the major feature during the visit of US Secretary of State Colin Powell in the country. Full text...

  • Three African cities for solid waste management experiment
    06 september 2002 13:35:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The UN has selected Ndola in Zambia, Accra in Ghana and Malindi in Kenya for a pilot project on sustainable management of solid waste under Habitat for Humanity, a UN agency. Full text...

  • Reunion envisages energy self-sufficiency before 2025
    05 september 2002 22:40:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Reunion President Paul Vergès Wednesday presented on the sidelines of the world summit on sustainable development a project for the island's self- sufficiency in energy based on the development of renewable energy sources like the sun, volcanoes and water. Full text...

  • South African Minister says Earth Summit achieved goals
    05 september 2002 08:34:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's minister of Social Development, Dr Zola Skweyiya said the World Summit on Sustainable Development succeeded in dealing with the most pertinent issues of poverty, water and sanitation as well as food and nutrition, that are facing the majority of the World populace. Full text...

  • Prime Minister seeks assistance for Guinea-Bissau
    05 september 2002 08:11:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Prime Minister Alamara Nhasse of Guinea Bissau is urging the international community to come to the aid of his country, whose economy was in disarray due to several years of civil war. Full text...

  • Commitments and initiatives in health, agriculture sectors
    04 september 2002 23:55:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The world leaders, who wound up the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) Wednesday in Johannesburg, made a certain number of commitments in the fields of health, agriculture and biological diversity. Full text...

  • Upsurge of seismic activity in Reunion volcano
    04 september 2002 22:05:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Reunion authorities issued an early warning on Tuesday following heightened seismic activity at Piton de la Fournaise, the last active volcano on the island. Full text...

  • Mbeki urges quick implementation of WSSD action plan
    04 september 2002 21:58:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African President Thabo Mbeki, host of the just ended World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) at Johannesburg, Wednesday urged the UN to develop mechanisms on the implementation of the Summit's action plan. Full text...

  • Kenya wants Kuwait to return bird
    04 september 2002 21:57:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Kenya has put up a formal demand asking the Kuwaiti government to return a grey-crested crane, an endangered bird that was exported out of the East African country early this year. Full text...

  • South Africa, UK extend water and forestry development programme
    04 september 2002 21:16:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The UK Department for International Development (DIFD) and the South African Department of Water Affairs and Forestry have announced the extension of a comprehensive water and forestry development programme worth 19. Full text...

  • Mauritius seeks preferential trade treatment from WTO
    04 september 2002 20:47:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Mauritian Prime Minister Anerood Jugnauth has called on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to confer preferential treatment on small island countries, enduring the adverse effects of environmental degradation and climate change. Full text...

  • More NGOs criticise outcome of Johannesburg summit
    04 september 2002 20:39:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Major NGOs have continued to voice dissatisfaction with the forum, as the World Summit on Sustainable Development draws to a close in Johannesburg, saying it has nothing substantive to write home about. Full text...

  • Nobel laureates release Johannesburg Declaration
    04 september 2002 20:01:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Green Cross International President Mikhail Gorbachev and other Nobel Peace Laureates have called upon political, business and civil society leaders to act quickly to stem environmental degradation and place humanity on the path to sustainable development. Full text...

  • International body for water advocates closer ties at summit
    04 september 2002 19:41:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- International Secretariat for Water general secretary Raymond Jost called for closer ties between governments and non-governmental organisations during international summits and to change the format of separating the NGOs from governmental official meetings. Full text...

  • Americans differ with Bush administration over Kyoto Protocol
    04 september 2002 19:30:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- American NGO groups at the World Summit on Sustainable Development here have accused the George Bush administration of acting against the will of Americans by not committing itself to ratify the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change. Full text...

  • South Africa ratifies Toxic chemicals Conventions
    04 september 2002 17:28:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government has ratified the Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions on toxic chemicals, officials said Wednesday. Full text...

  • UK group says free market ideology hijacked Earth Summit
    04 september 2002 16:13:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- A UK-based network of environmental groups has described the conclusions of the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development as a betrayal of millions of poor and vulnerable people and their communities around the world. Full text...

  • Equatorial Guinea wants equity in international relations
    04 september 2002 15:52:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The president of Equatorial Guinea, Teodoro Obiang Nguema said it was absolute "illusion" to speak of sustainable development while iniquity prevails in international relations. Full text...

  • NGOs boo US Secretary of State at Earth Summit
    04 september 2002 13:51:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Representatives of non- governmental organisations Wednesday booed US Secretary of State Colin Powell as he made his official statement at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • UN says summit made clearest achievements on water, sanitation
    04 september 2002 13:50:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The World Summit on Sustainable Development made the clearest achievements on water and sanitation among all issues discussed during the 10-day deliberations in Johannesburg, the secretary general of the summit, Nitin Desai said. Full text...

  • Indigenous people issue alternative plan at WSSD
    04 september 2002 12:03:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Indigenous people at the Earth Summit in Johannesburg on Tuesday released their own sustainable development plan in which they decried the way conference documents were treating their rights The Indigenous People's Caucus particularly expressed concern that while mines had destroyed their ancestral lands, indigenous communities were kept out of mining partnerships. Full text...

  • Civil Society walks out of the Earth Summit in protest
    04 september 2002 10:52:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Leaders of various NGOs led a mass walkout on Wednesday in Johannesburg to protest against the outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • Encroachment endangers Africa's great apes
    04 september 2002 08:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A UN report has warned that logging, mining, human settlement and the trade in ape meat are wiping out gorillas, chimpanzees and bonobos in Africa and the orangutans of Asia. Full text...

  • Summit fails to come up with significant targets on development
    03 september 2002 23:46:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The summit is almost over, and some delegates at the World Summit on Sustainable Development, particularly non-governmental organisations, have expressed disappointment with the final draft implementation plan released Tuesday night which they say has failed to meet expectations of the millions of people who were looking at the summit to provide solutions to their problems. Full text...

  • Officials at WSSD optimistic about the reaching of agreements
    03 september 2002 22:52:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- UN and South African officials at the Earth Summit in Johannesburg remain upbeat about prospects for agreements, despite NGO claims that governments and multinational corporations had taken the forum hostage. Full text...

  • Blair hopeful on WSSD
    03 september 2002 22:31:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair said in London Tuesday that like Rio and Kyoto, the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), which ends Wednesday in Johannesburg, would also contribute to changing the world for the better. Full text...

  • DR Congo President enacts forest code
    03 september 2002 22:03:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- DR Congo head of State Joseph Kabila has promulgated into law a forestry code recently adopted by the constituent and transitional Parliament (ACL- PT), official sources indicated Monday in Kinshasa. Full text...

  • Malawi to share lake with Mozambique and Tanzania
    03 september 2002 21:12:00
    Blantyre- Malawi (PANA) -- Malawi government has agreed to share Lake Malawi with its neighbours, Mozambique and Tanzania, in a move aimed at promoting the sustainable use of Africa's third largest lake. Full text...

  • Rwandan premier conditions sustainable development on peace
    03 september 2002 20:17:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Sustainable development problems could only be solved in a world where peace and security prevailed, Rwandan prime minister Bernard Makuza said Tuesday in Johannesburg, South Africa. Full text...

  • S. Africa, Iran sign memorandum of understanding on environment
    03 september 2002 19:46:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African government and the Islamic Republic of Iran Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding that will see the two countries forge greater ties on environmental co-operation. Full text...

  • Greenpeace demonstrates against energy text
    03 september 2002 19:16:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Major NGOs at the Earth Summit have strongly condemned the agreement reached Monday night to drop all targets from the Action Plan dealing with renewable energy. Full text...

  • NGOs unhappy with partnership deals at the WSSD
    03 september 2002 18:54:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A coalition of international NGOs attending the Earth Summit in Johannesburg has criticised partnership agreements reached at the forum, some of which they said were more of an alternative rather than a complement to binding inter-governmental commitments. Full text...

  • Reunion's volcano shows signs of revival
    03 september 2002 16:31:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- An upsurge of seismic activity has been observed at Reunion's Piton de la Fournaise volcano over the past fortnight, specialists at the Volcanology Observatory in Port Louis said at the weekend. Full text...

  • Colin Powell to attend roundtable on tropical forests
    03 september 2002 16:04:00
    Libreville- Gabon (PANA) -- American secretary of state Colin Powell is to highlight the importance of protecting tropical forests in central Africa at a roundtable scheduled in Libreville as part of activities during his two-day visit beginning Friday. Full text...

  • UNEP launches USD 30 million global environmental data
    03 september 2002 14:22:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A 30 million US dollars world environmental data initiative was launched Tuesday at the World Summit on Sustainable Development, under way here. Full text...

  • US, Japan, OPEC reject renewable target for energy
    03 september 2002 11:07:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The US, Japan and OPEC (the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries) have strongly rejected proposed renewable targets on Energy in position statements at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Wade suggests international appropriation of tropical forests
    02 september 2002 22:58:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- President Abdoulaye Wade of Senegal has proposed that the international community buy back and sustainably manage forest resources that poor countries have irrationally sold out to unscrupulous logging concerns. Full text...

  • WSSD springs sustainable business initiative for poor countries
    02 september 2002 22:26:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Major international companies Monday agreed at the Earth Summit in Johannesburg to partner with governments, labour and civil society under an initiative launched here to pursue sustainable business development in the world's least developed countries. Full text...

  • Children appeal for concrete action from leaders at WSSD
    02 september 2002 22:10:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Four children representing their agemates world-wide Monday sharply criticised world leaders for repeating the same things they promised during the first Earth Summit held 10 years ago in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Full text...

  • Mugabe denies threatening white farmers in Zimbabwe
    02 september 2002 20:57:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe told the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg Monday that his country's future depended on land, but denied that white farmers were being threatened by his government. Full text...

  • Scientists spot giant sable antelope in Angola
    02 september 2002 20:41:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Fears that Angola's giant sable antelope was extinct had been proved groundless, according to a Pretoria academic who has returned from an expedition to the country. Full text...

  • Reunion to set up Green Cross branch
    02 september 2002 20:19:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Reunion would soon host a regional branch of Green Cross International (GCI) in charge of protecting the environment and preparing for the Earth Talks in Africa, scheduled for 2003. Full text...

  • EU urges increased development aid to Africa
    02 september 2002 20:05:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The President of the European Union, Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen, Monday called on the industrialised world to increase development aid and finance to Africa. Full text...

  • IMO advocates the use of citizens' competence at WSSD
    02 september 2002 19:37:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The assistant director general of the International Migration Organisation (IMO), Ndioro Ndiaye, has called on governments to guarantee the participation of all their citizens in the development of their countries. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe reviewing its mining laws
    02 september 2002 19:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Zimbabwe is amending its mining laws to enhance the protection of the environment, an official said Monday. Full text...

  • Malawian leader pleads Taiwan's cause at WSSD
    02 september 2002 18:46:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- President Bakili Muluzi of Malawi insisted Monday that the on-going World Summit on Sustainable Development can succeed only if peoples from all parts of the globe are allowed participation. Full text...

  • Muluzi says Malawi worse off 10 years after Rio
    02 september 2002 18:38:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- President Bakili Muluzi has said Malawi still lags behind in development despite implementing a number of measures in keeping with Agenda 21, which came out of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Full text...

  • Joint UK-France initiative for investment in infrastructure
    02 september 2002 16:17:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Britain and France Monday announced a joint initiative to encourage private sector investment in infrastructure in developing countries. Full text...

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