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  • 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...

  • Weather expert predicts more drought in southern Africa
    02 september 2002 15:10:00
    Harare- Zimbabwe (PANA) -- Southern African region, already reeling under drought-induced food crisis, could be hit by another spell of drought this year, according to a Zimbabwean weather expert. Full text...

  • WSSD calls for withdrawal of leaded petrol
    02 september 2002 15:02:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) has called on countries still using leaded petrol to phase out the fuel. Full text...

  • Earth Summit agrees on 2015 target for sanitation
    02 september 2002 14:12:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- World leaders and stakeholders at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg on Monday committed themselves to reduce by halve the one billion people who lack access to proper sanitation. Full text...

  • Friends of the Earth sees Johannesburg summit as a flop
    02 september 2002 14:11:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Friends of the Earth International on Monday alleged the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg was a failure because no agreement has been reached on crucial issues, including clear targets on renewable energy. Full text...

  • French President calls for alliance against poverty
    02 september 2002 13:17:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- French President Jacques Chirac on Monday suggested the creation of a global alliance for the development of poor countries, under which rich nations will help the former emerge from underdevelopment. Full text...

  • Le Monde denounces hypocrisy of the North at WSSD
    02 september 2002 12:59:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- The soothing expressions by representatives of developed nations at the ongoing world summit on sustainable development in Johannesburg, are highly hypocritical, the French daily Le Monde said. Full text...

  • Nujoma blasts Blair, EU over Zimbabwe's land issue
    02 september 2002 12:45:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Namibian President Sam Nujoma on Monday took a swipe at British Prime Minister Tony Blair and the European Union for imposing sanctions on President Robert Mugabe's government over the land issue in Zimbabwe. Full text...

  • UN envoy begins visits to famine-hit southern Africa Tuesday
    02 september 2002 12:35:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- James Morris, the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for the humanitarian crisis in southern Africa, will Tuesday begin a two-week mission to six southern Africa countries, where 13 million people are increasingly gripped by hunger and widespread suffering. Full text...

  • Angola needs $800 million to rehabilitate water system
    02 september 2002 11:46:00
    Luanda- Angola (PANA) -- Angola needs about $800 million to rehabilitate and expand its entire water system, according to the national news agency, ANGOP, quoting an official in the ministry of water and energy. Full text...

  • US agriculture official plants trees at South African clinic
    02 september 2002 10:55:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- US Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Jom Moseley on Monday planted trees at a clinic in Ivory Park, a densely populated slum near Johannesburg. Full text...

  • Magistrate court frees 12 Greenpeace activists over fines
    02 september 2002 10:05:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Twelve Greenpeace activists walked free from Atlantis magistrates court on Monday, after being fined R4000 for breaching security at South Africa's only nuclear power plant at Koeberg, near Cape Town. Full text...

  • 'Responsibility' is key concept for summit's aspirations - Annan
    02 september 2002 09:41:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- One concept that embodies everything that the World Summit on Sustainable Development hopes to achieve in Johannesburg is responsibility, UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said Monday. Full text...

  • World leaders in Johannesburg for Earth Summit
    02 september 2002 08:05:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Over 50 world leaders who arrived here Sunday for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, reviewed draft resolutions late into the night on the issues of sustainable development. Full text...

  • Zimbabwe's land issue should not be circumscribed to Mugabe - AU
    01 september 2002 20:24:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Interim AU commission chairman Amara Essy has cautioned that the land issue in Zimbabwe should not be reduced to the person of President Robert Mugabe, arguing that whoever rules the country would have to face up to these problem. Full text...

  • 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...

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