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  • 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...

  • 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...

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