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  • Mwanawasa leaves for WSSD
    01 september 2002 20:00:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- Zambian President Levy Mwanawasa left Lusaka Sunday for Johannesburg to attend the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). Full text...

  • UN University wants environmental education in schools
    01 september 2002 19:46:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The rector of the UN University and president of the International Association of Universities, Hans van Ginkel, urged Sunday in Johannesburg for the introduction of environmental education in school curricula worldwide. Full text...

  • Mauritanian President leaves for WSSD
    01 september 2002 19:21:00
    Nouakchott- Mauritania (PANA) -- Mauritanian President Maaouya Ould Taya left Nouakchott Sunday for Johannesburg to take part in the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD), official sources said. Full text...

  • Amara Essy urges halt to agricultural subsidies in the North
    01 september 2002 19:21:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Interim AU Commission chairman Amara Essy pleaded Sunday in Johannesburg for halt to subsidies that give agricultural exports from developed countries an edge on the world market, to the detriment of African producers. Full text...

  • Kadhafi urges support for African water project
    01 september 2002 18:38:00
    Sebha- Libya (PANA) -- Libyan leader Colonel Moammar Kadhafi has appealed to the international community to support an African water project, linking Lake Chad with Libya's artificial Lake. Full text...

  • Business investment vital for LDCs, says Annan
    01 september 2002 17:24:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- UN secretary general Kofi Annan has recommended the mobilisation of business investment with a view towing least developed countries (LDCs) out of the mire of poverty. Full text...

  • Panel says WSSD offers southern African people little hope
    01 september 2002 16:03:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- An Oxfam International panel discussion on the Earth Summit concluded Sunday that there was little some 13 million famine-stricken people in southern Africa could expect from ongoing summit in Johannesburg, now or in the long run. Full text...

  • Zambia bans timber exports to South Africa, Europe
    01 september 2002 15:13:00
    Lusaka- Zambia (PANA) -- The Zambian government has banned the export of raw timber to markets in Europe and South Africa as part of measures meant to protect natural forests from further plunder. Full text...

  • Committees call for environmental education in schools
    01 september 2002 13:32:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Hans van Ginkel, Superintendent of the UN University, and the International Organisation of Universities Sunday pleaded in Johannesburg for the introduction of environmental education in the curriculum of schools and universities in the world's schools. Full text...

  • World summit still deadlocked on EU's agriculture subsidies
    01 september 2002 13:00:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- With only three days remaining before the World Summit on Sustainable Development comes to an end Wednesday, delegates here are still dead-locked on the issue of agriculture subsidies offered by the European Union to their farmers which have disadvantaged African countries. Full text...

  • Indian Ocean Island States Prepare for Earth Summit
    31 august 2002 20:07:00
    Saint Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Member countries of the Indian Ocean Committee (COI) had a consultation here Saturday on their common position during next week's deliberations at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Full text...

  • Mugabe seen as hero of the landless in South Africa
    31 august 2002 19:25:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe and his land reform policy were at the limelight of a 10-km demonstration held here Saturday by the landless and poor workers. Full text...

  • Expert says environment damage hits the poor hardest
    31 august 2002 17:19:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- An environment expert is demanding a new "mind-set" from the Earth Summit in Johannesburg that acknowledges how environmental damage hits the poor hardest. Full text...

  • Johannesburg to provide funds to fight deforestation
    31 august 2002 16:52:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Compared to other UN conventions on climatic changes and biodiversity, the international community has not yet devoted much attention to the convention on deforestation, a UN official has said. Full text...

  • Blinding Sandstorm Hits Khartoum
    31 august 2002 16:02:00
    Khartoum- Sudan (PANA) -- A heavy sandstorm hit Khartoum at about midday Saturday reducing visibility to zero and obstructing air traffic to and from Khartoum Airport. Full text...

  • Civic bodies denounce neglect of the poor at Earth Summit
    31 august 2002 13:43:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African police were out in full force Saturday morning when civic organisations marched in protest against the way rich countries were treating their concerns at World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). Full text...

  • NGOs look to the EU to save the Earth Summit
    31 august 2002 13:24:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Six days after the beginning of the Earth Summit in Johannesburg, some delegates are banking on the European Union to "save the summit" following the US government's refusal to engage in constructive negotiations on trade, finance and climate change. Full text...

  • Civil society splits during debate on globalisation at WSSD
    30 august 2002 23:05:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Members of the African civil society attending the Earth Summit in Johannesburg were virtually divided Thursday during a heated debate on globalisation. Full text...

  • Parliamentarians want legal redress on air, water pollution
    30 august 2002 21:41:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) are pushing for the establishment of judicial and administrative procedures for legal redress and remedy of actions affecting the environment, especially air and water pollution. Full text...

  • North urged to respect 0.7 of GDP target for poor countries
    30 august 2002 21:12:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Two internationals NGOs Friday said developed countries with the exception of four nations have reneged on pledge to each commit 0. Full text...

  • US, Australia announce partnership to alleviate poverty
    30 august 2002 20:08:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The governments of the US and Australia on Friday announced they have formed a partnership to work for the alleviation of poverty. Full text...

  • African countries slip down rankings on sustainable development
    30 august 2002 18:57:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A report by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) on the progress of African countries toward sustainable development shows that barely three countries recorded relatively high overall sustainability during 1975-2000. Full text...

  • French NGOs voice serious concern over implementation plan
    30 august 2002 14:20:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Collectif Jo'burg 2002, a French umbrella NGO grouping 120 associations and trade unions, has expressed in Ubuntu Village its concern over serious backtracking on the implementation plan currently being negotiated in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • WSSD agrees on safe water as US blocks sanitation targets
    30 august 2002 12:43:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The World Summit on Sustainable Development here has reached an agreement on the provision of safe water to people in need, but remains deadlocked on the goal of halving the number of those lacking access to sanitation by 2015. Full text...

  • Southern Africa to get new meteorology satellite
    30 august 2002 12:24:00
    Saint-Denis- Reunion (PANA) -- Meteorology departments across Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean could soon benefit from the services of a new satellite launched last Wednesday by the Ariane V rocket, official sources indicated Thursday in Saint-Denis. Full text...

  • Americans want greater US involvement in multilateral policies
    30 august 2002 11:03:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Americans want their government to be more involved internationally, especially promoting access to clean water, universal primary education and combating the HIV/AIDS, according to a national poll result presented Friday at the Earth summit in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Salim urges cooperation on shared water among African states
    30 august 2002 08:40:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Africa's Water ambassador Salim Ahmed Salim has called for cooperation among countries of the continent, on the utilisation of shared watercourses. Full text...

  • South African authorities soften stance against protest march
    30 august 2002 08:19:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African authorities have backed down on threats to ban protest marches by the Social Movements Indaba (SMI), the movement said in a release Thursday. Full text...

  • UNDP launches new initiative at world summit
    30 august 2002 07:56:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg launched a new initiative to develop the capacities of nations at local level, with the full involvement of local people to sustain economies, improve livelihoods and reduce poverty. Full text...

  • US Congressmen appeal to Bush at WSSD
    30 august 2002 07:44:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- American congressman Earl Blumenauer Thursday urged the Bush administration to face up to the responsibilities of the United States as the most powerful but also the most culpable in global environmental pollution. Full text...

  • Report says climate change will affect African agriculture most
    29 august 2002 23:56:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A report on Climate Change and Agricultural Vulnerability released Thursday at the ongoing Earth Summit in Johannesburg warns of significant loss of food production in developing countries as a result of climatic change. Full text...

  • World assembly of water wisdom initiative launched in Jo'burg
    29 august 2002 23:08:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Three international organizations engaged in the promotion of sustainable water development in communities Thursday launched the World Assembly of Water Wisdom Initiative in Johannesburg as a symbolic action to demonstrate their respect for citizens of Johannesburg, hosts of the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Full text...

  • South African press focus WSSD
    29 august 2002 22:56:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African press focussed on the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), which began Monday in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • COMESA secures $1.5 million grant from African Capacity group
    29 august 2002 22:41:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Regional group COMESA announced Thursday that it had secured funding from the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) to implement a four-year project to strengthen capacity for trade negotiations and trade policy development and management in eastern and southern Africa. Full text...

  • Annan's adviser urges Johannesburg Summit not to fail
    29 august 2002 22:11:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The international community will be disappointed if the ongoing Summit on Sustainable Development fails to produce concrete results, says Jeffrey Sachs, special advisor to UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan. Full text...

  • Policeman shoots hotel guard dead in Johannesburg
    29 august 2002 21:45:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South African police have retracted reports saying earlier Thursday that a policeman had been shot dead at World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Essy asks summit to agree satisfactory actions for Africa
    29 august 2002 21:28:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The outcome of the Johannesburg summit will be valid for sustainable development only if it agrees on satisfactory fundamental issues affecting Africa, Amara Essy, chairperson of the Commission of the African Union said here Thursday. Full text...

  • Experts say energy efficiency promotes businesses
    29 august 2002 21:07:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Industrial, commercial and consumer equipment can these days be as much as 80 percent more energy efficient than equipment installed as recently as 20 years ago, International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) said Thursday in Johannesburg. Full text...

  • US criticised at WSSD for silence over renewable energy issue
    29 august 2002 20:51:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The US, which defied the world by refusing to sign the Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, citing the constraints the document imposes on polluting industries, is again under criticism for rejecting the setting of a target date for the use of renewable energies. Full text...

  • UNESCO to launch encyclopedia on sustainable development
    29 august 2002 20:11:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- UNESCO will next Wednesday launch the largest and most comprehensive encyclopaedia on sustainable development, a day before the conclusion of the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa. Full text...

  • Salim urges African nations to cooperate on shared watercourses
    29 august 2002 19:19:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Africa's Water ambassador, Salim Ahmed Salim is urging African states to cooperate on the utilisation of shared watercourses. Full text...

  • 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...

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