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  • Floods kill 43 in eastern Algeria
    29 august 2002 18:07:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Torrential rains in Algeria's eastern regions in the last few days killed 43 persons, injured 16 others and rendered 457 families homeless, official sources confirmed Thursday in Algiers. Full text...

  • 569 rendered homeless by flooding in Ouagadougou
    29 august 2002 17:22:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Flood from torrential rains Monday through Tuesday, have left some 569 people homeless and caused substantial damage in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou. Full text...

  • WSSD to reach an accord by Sunday, says UN envoy
    29 august 2002 16:07:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Earth Summit convening in Johannesburg would most likely reach an agreement by next Sunday on the major issues of sustainable development -- water, agriculture, health, energy and biodiversity -- said Jan Pronk, special envoy of the UN Secretary General at the Summit. Full text...

  • British opposition wants NEPAD support linked to Zimbabwe crisis
    29 august 2002 13:20:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- British opposition leader Ian Duncan Smith has urged Prime Minister Tony Blair to use the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development to demand that African nations take "effective action" against Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • Business forum at WSSD hails strides in energy efficiency
    29 august 2002 11:57:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Industrial, commercial and consumer equipment today can be as much as 80 percent more energy-efficient than equipment installed as recently as 20 years ago, the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) said Thursday at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). Full text...

  • Greenpeace defends action against South African chemical plant
    29 august 2002 11:42:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Greenpeace said Thursday it had spotlighted what it described as one of the world's most notorious corporate criminals, Dow Chemical, by signposting and fencing off an open discharge pipe for toxic waste at the company's manufacturing facility in South Africa. Full text...

  • EU advocates partnerships to implement WSSD commitments
    29 august 2002 10:38:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The European Union has called on governments at the World Summit on Sustainable Development to come up with firm commitments to implement decisions agreed in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • WSSD reaches agreement on restoration of depleted fisheries
    29 august 2002 07:58:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A provision calling for the restoration of depleted fisheries by 2015 has been agreed by negotiators at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). Full text...

  • EU council opposes privatisation of water
    28 august 2002 20:34:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on Wednesday expressed opposition to the privatisation of water, one of the key issues being discussed at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. Full text...

  • Mandela enlivens WSSD debate on water
    28 august 2002 19:53:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela on Wednesday brought some spark to the debate on water that is going on at the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • Green revolution possible in Africa, says expert
    28 august 2002 16:53:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Green Revolution which enabled Asia to eradicate famine is possible in Africa if there is a political will to implement it, Pedro Sanchez, winner of a global food award and former Director of the International Afro- forestry Research Centre, said in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • South African police stay tough on unauthorised protests at WSSD
    28 august 2002 14:12:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African police minister Charles Nqakula warned Wednesday morning on State Radio that the "law would come down hard" on any persons or groups that insist on carrying out unlawful marches at the ongoing World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). Full text...

  • WSSD partnership agreements in the pipeline
    28 august 2002 13:35:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- As governments at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) prepare to unveil a series of partnership agreements with business concerns, advocacy organisations have stressed the need to ensure that such deals a actually struck in the interest of man and nature. Full text...

  • Gorbachev misses WSSD, cancels visit to Reunion over illness
    28 august 2002 12:11:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- President of Green Cross International and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, has cancelled his trip to Johannesburg for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), and a planned visit to Reunion because of ill health, according to Reunion's President Paul Verges. Full text...

  • Ravalomanana leaves for WSSD Sunday
    28 august 2002 11:47:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Malagasy President Marc Ravalomanana will travel to Johannesburg, South Africa, Sunday, to attend the ongoing World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), official sources said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Row over planned export of Swazi elephants to US
    28 august 2002 10:32:00
    Hlane- Swaziland (PANA) -- The plan by Swaziland's wildlife Company, Game Parks, to export 11 elephants to the United States, has provoked strong protest from Swazi animal rights activists. Full text...

  • Flood kills 28 in eastern Algeria
    28 august 2002 10:14:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Twenty-eight people, including 15 children have died in Algeria in the last 48-hours following severe flooding from torrential rains in the eastern part of the country, reliable sources said Wednesday. Full text...

  • Greens want EU Environment Commissioner at WSSD
    28 august 2002 09:23:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Greens at the European Parliament have urged the EU Commissioner for Environment, Margot Wallstrom to join negotiations at the ongoing World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Full text...

  • South Africa's Khoi-san still claim their land
    27 august 2002 23:04:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Khoi-san ethnic group believe they deserve to be given special consideration under the post-apartheid era. Full text...

  • Hailstorm claims 28 lives in eastern Algeria
    27 august 2002 22:58:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Fifteen children of the same family were among 28 people who drowned Tuesday as a hailstorm pounded eastern Algeria, informed sources said in the capital, Algiers. Full text...

  • South Africa's landless plan demo for Saturday
    27 august 2002 22:27:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- It would be an illusion to talk about sustainable development in Johannesburg while the South African government shows no will to fight disparities between the rich and the poor within the country, said an activist for land rights. Full text...

  • 8,000 Mauritians booked for breaching environment rules
    27 august 2002 20:57:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- More than 8,000 people have been booked in Mauritius for breach of environment protection regulations since December 2000, an official of the Environment ministry said here Tuesday. Full text...

  • Caucus calls on summit to save women's rights
    27 august 2002 20:41:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Women's Caucus at the World Summit on Sustainable Development is demanding amendment of the draft implementation plan on women's reproductive health to strengthen the sexual rights and reproductive health of women. Full text...

  • World Development Report Launched at Earth Summit
    27 august 2002 20:17:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Conflicts around the world have destroyed past developmental gains and left a legacy of damaged assets and mistrust that impedes future gains, according to a senior official of the World Bank. Full text...

  • Super-cyclones looming over Indian Ocean
    27 august 2002 20:15:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Meteorologists from Mauritius and Reunion said a very active cyclone season was looming over the southern Indian Ocean sub-region, predicting that "super- cyclones" could hit the area. Full text...

  • East African nations discuss disaster readiness
    27 august 2002 19:58:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- Experts from nine East African countries began a three-day workshop in Nairobi on Tuesday to develop a consensus weather forecast for September-December 2002. Full text...

  • Palestinians oppose Peres' planned speech at Wits University
    27 august 2002 19:07:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Palestine Solidarity Committee (PSC), which is attending the WSSD in Johannesburg, said Tuesday it would mobilise people to protest outside Jan Smuts House, where Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres is due to address students at Witswatersrand University next Tuesday. Full text...

  • Zambia awarded for conservation of important wetlands
    27 august 2002 17:47:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Zambia on Tuesday received a certificate of recognition at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg for its outstanding achievement in the conservation of wetlands of international importance. Full text...

  • Women demand guarantee for sexual rights, access to land
    27 august 2002 17:40:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Women's Caucus at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg is demanding the summit to amend the draft implementation plan on women's reproductive health, to strengthen the sexual rights and reproductive health of women. Full text...

  • 2,000 displaced by flood in Monrovia
    27 august 2002 17:16:00
    Monrovia- Liberia (PANA) -- More than 2,000 residents of five communities have been displaced by flood from two weeks of incessant rain in the Liberian capital, the local press reported Tuesday. Full text...

  • Privatisation of water needs required handy investment
    27 august 2002 16:50:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Countries privatising their water sectors must first ensure that buyers make the required investments in order to facilitate its access to the poorest communities of the population, the executive director of HABITAT warned in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Mandela's absence cause disappointment at Civil Society forum
    27 august 2002 16:16:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa, (PANA) -- Some 5,000 delegates were disappointed Monday when former South African President Nelson Mandela could not appear to give the opening address at the world forum in Nasrec, one of the major events organised under the auspices of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Storm causes several injuries in Mauritania
    27 august 2002 16:15:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- A sand storm left more than a dozen people seriously injured last Sunday night in the locality of Tantane locality, some 30 km south-east of Aleg in Brakna, Mauritania, medical sources disclosed Tuesday. Full text...

  • UNDP says subsidies to Western farmers destroy African markets
    27 august 2002 15:50:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Subsidies offered by rich countries to their farmers have led to the suffering and inability of African countries to access foreign markets, according to Zephirin Diabre, associate administrator at the UNDP. Full text...

  • Pan-African HIV/AIDS treatment access movement launched
    27 august 2002 15:49:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Against the backdrop of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, more than 70 AIDS activists from 21 African countries have met in Cape Town to inaugurate the Pan-African HIV/AIDS Treatment Access Movement (PHATAM). Full text...

  • Experts at WSSD differ with Greenpeace campaign against GMOs
    27 august 2002 15:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A 175-million dollar campaign against the development of genetically modified (GM) crops, launched by the Greenpeace environmental group, has been criticised by dissenters who insist that biotechnology is vital in the search for food self-sufficiency in Africa. Full text...

  • Storm kills three in Burkinabe capital
    27 august 2002 12:36:00
    Ouagadougou- Burkina Faso (PANA) -- Two children and a man in his thirties were killed Monday morning when a storm hit Ouagadougou causing extensive damage and rendering about 100 people homeless, local press reports indicated Tuesday. Full text...

  • French firms at WSSD to mention environmental programmes
    26 august 2002 20:45:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- Major French companies on Monday said they were represented at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg to present some of their current initiatives in in Africa with strict respect for the environment. Full text...

  • DR Congo laments destruction of its biodiversity
    26 august 2002 20:05:00
    Kinshasa- DR Congo (PANA) -- The DR Congo delegation at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg said Kinshasa would use the forum to reiterate complaints about the wanton destruction of the country's huge biodiversity. Full text...

  • Brazilian NGO blames rich, poor nations for failure of Agenda 21
    26 august 2002 19:26:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Marcelo Furtado of Greenpeace-Brazil Monday charged that rich and poor nations had failed to act with the needed political will to implement the Agenda 21, adopted at the Rio summit 10 years ago. Full text...

  • Greenpeace-France criticises Bush for absence at WSSD
    26 august 2002 18:16:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The NGO, Greenpeace-France, has expressed deep disappointment over the absence of US President George W. Full text...

  • Civil Society Alliance seeks protection for peaceful protesters
    26 august 2002 17:54:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The international Civil Society Alliance Monday called on authorities in South Africa to respect peaceful protests at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). Full text...

  • French paper urges drinking water for the South
    26 august 2002 17:38:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The French daily Le Monde has urged that the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) afoot in Johannesburg provide a platform for sorting out the problem of safe drinking water in the countries of the South. Full text...

  • World Bank pledges support for WSSD action plan
    26 august 2002 17:16:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- World Bank Vice-President for sustainable development, Ian Johnson, Monday pledged the Bank's support for the implementation of the action plan to be adopted by the ongoing World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • EU asks governments to make globalisation more sustainable
    26 august 2002 17:14:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The European Union Monday called on the Earth Summit in Johannesburg to send a clear message to politicians about the need to make globalisation more sustainable for all, and to agree on measures aimed at promoting this goal. Full text...

  • 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...

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