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  • 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...

  • Chevron donates software to Nigerian Conservation Foundation
    26 august 2002 14:06:00
    Lagos- Nigeria (PANA) -- Chevron Nigeria Limited has donated some Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software to the Nigerian Conservation Foundation (NCF), the Foundation said. Full text...

  • Johannesburg WSSD doomed to fail, critics say
    26 august 2002 14:03:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Two left-wing American professors have intimated that the World Summit on Sustainable Development that kicked off in Johannesburg Monday is bound to fail like the Rio Earth Summit held a decade ago. Full text...

  • British press pessimistic about WSSD Summit
    26 august 2002 12:56:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Major British newspapers believe the rift between a US-led group and the European Union on the agenda of the World Summit on Sustainable Development which opened in Johannesburg, South Africa Monday, could mar the outcome of the meeting. Full text...

  • Richest nations forge 'axis of environmental evil' at WSSD - NGO
    26 august 2002 11:01:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- As negotiations got under way Monday at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, a civil society group called Friends of the Earth International (FEI) accused the US, Australia and Canada of standing in the way of international agreements for people and the planet and called on other governments to ignore this "axis of environmental evil. Full text...

  • Environment friendly vehicle unveiled at World Summit
    26 august 2002 09:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Toyota Motor Corporation of Japan will highlight its environmental leadership at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg with a special exhibit featuring two hybrid vehicles - including one powered by a fuel cell. Full text...

  • Togo plans to tap Ghana's potable water network
    26 august 2002 08:35:00
    Lome- Togo (PANA) -- Togo is looking into the possibility of connecting to neighbouring Ghana's water network, in order to directly tap either treated potable water or untreated water to be processed in Lome. Full text...

  • WWF unhappy with the draft plan of WSSD
    25 august 2002 17:27:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The global conservation body, WWF has expressed disappointment that the draft plan for implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development clearly fails to deliver the tangible and time bound actions needed to achieve sustainable and equitable global development. Full text...

  • Global environment still suffering 10 years after Rio
    24 august 2002 20:12:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Ten years ago, Heads of state and governments from across the world met in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to answer the distress call from planet Earth, which was suffering from human activity and natural phenomena. Full text...

  • WSSD needs political will, resources to meet challenges, FAO says
    24 august 2002 19:14:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The Food and Agriculture Organisation has identified two political will and adequate resources as critical to efforts at meeting the challenges of sustainable development, including poverty alleviation. Full text...

  • WSSD to figure out ways to overcome Agenda 21 obstacles
    24 august 2002 16:35:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The UN has said the World Summit on Sustainable Development opening next Monday in Johannesburg would specify concrete means of overcoming problems that have hampered implementation of Agenda 21 adopted 10 years ago in Rio. Full text...

  • Peace organisation calls for transformation of UN
    24 august 2002 15:07:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Ahead of next week's World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, a peace organisation has urged governments attending the forum to transform the UN into a world Parliament with elected representatives. Full text...

  • Heavy rains kill four in Algeria
    23 august 2002 22:47:00
    Algiers- Algeria (PANA) -- Heavy windy rains have hit the city of Tebessa, 700 km east of Algiers, killing four people and causing extensive property damage, the civil protection services said Friday. Full text...

  • World Bank president calls for bold measures in Johannesburg
    23 august 2002 20:12:00
    Paris- France (PANA) -- World Bank president James Wolfensohn has called on the international community to undertake courageous steps during the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) scheduled from 26 August to 4 September in Johannesburg, South Africa. Full text...

  • WSSD spotlights South Africa's Ekurhuleni municipality
    23 august 2002 20:09:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality faces one of the greatest challenges for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) as 60,000 delegates and visitors will land at the Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) situated within the metro. Full text...

  • African states urged to invest in science, technology
    23 august 2002 16:47:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- African chemical scientists Friday concluded their meeting in Nakuru, Kenya with a call on governments to invest in science and technology so as to accelerate industrialisation and improve chances for economic prosperity. Full text...

  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu visits Greenpeace ship
    23 august 2002 12:20:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Retired Archbishop Desmond Tutu who is a Nobel peace laureate visited the Greenpeace ship the Esperanza Friday in Cape Town, to give his blessing to the vessel and crew who recently protested against the passage of two plutonium carrying ships off the South African coast. Full text...

  • Kenya and Kuwaiti embassy bicker over bird export
    23 august 2002 11:09:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- A diplomatic row is simmering between the government of Kenya and Kuwaiti embassy in Nairobi following the latter's failure to meet a two-week deadline given it to return an endangered bird it exported to Kuwait early this year. Full text...

  • Mauritius assesses environmental problems before Johannesburg
    22 august 2002 23:31:00
    Port Louis- Mauritius (PANA) -- Mauritian Environment Minister Rajesh Bhagwan Thursday issued a report on the environmental situation on the island as a prelude to the holding of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) which kicks off in Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday. Full text...

  • Praia to host symposium on flora and fauna
    22 august 2002 20:52:00
    Praia- Cape Verde (PANA) -- Praia will 9-13 September host the 4th symposium on flora and fauna, organised to enable an exchange on studies carried out on animal and plant species in the Atlantic region. Full text...

  • Congo gets environmental communication network
    22 august 2002 20:02:00
    Brazzaville- Congo (PANA) -- A Network of Communicators on the Environment (RCE) has been set up in Brazzaville to promote environmental education for sustainable development, an official source indicated Thursday. Full text...

  • Botswana issues report on Rio Earth Summit
    22 august 2002 19:15:00
    GABORONE- Botswana (PANA) -- The Botswana government has released a report detailing progress made towards implementation of recommendations made at the 1992 Rio Conference. Full text...

  • Commonwealth wants WSSD to moot sustainable development projects
    22 august 2002 18:57:00
    London- UK (PANA) -- Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon has said success of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) opening 26 August in Johannesburg, South Africa would be measured by the progress made in generating and implementing effective sustainable development projects. Full text...

  • US promises more aid for good governance ahead of WSSD
    22 august 2002 18:39:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The US government said in its report for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) released Thursday, that it would give more aid to countries that ruled justly, invested in their people and encouraged economic freedom. Full text...

  • Botswana peasants accuse South Africans of misusing water
    22 august 2002 17:32:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- A row is simmering between Botswana cattle owners and their South African neighbours over the use of water from a dam straddling their common border. Full text...

  • Biodegradable paper statues symbolise a sustainable future
    22 august 2002 10:10:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- As participants gather for the Earth Summit in Johannesburg next week, South African artists and local communities in deprived areas around Johannesburg are getting involved, helping each other to make a living through work on Friends of the Earth International's art installation, "Hear our Voice. Full text...

  • Strong Ivorian delegation to attend WSSD
    21 august 2002 23:52:00
    Abidjan- Côte d'Ivoire, (PANA) -- A 34-strong delegation would represent Cote d'Ivoire at the World Summit on Sustainable Development holding 26 August-4 September in Johannesburg, authorities indicated Wednesday in Abidjan. Full text...

  • New report highlights technology use in planet's protection
    21 august 2002 23:43:00
    Nairobi- Kenya (PANA) -- The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) - the international conservation body - has launched a new publication that shows how information and communication technology (ICT) could play a positive role in achieving sustainable development days before the opening of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Full text...

  • Botswana fails to halt decline in biodiversity
    21 august 2002 23:17:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Ten years after the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro during which various conventions on the environment were signed, Botswana has done little to slow down or halt the decline in its biodiversity, an assessment report indicated Wednesday. Full text...

  • Botswana civil society evaluates implementation of Agenda 21
    21 august 2002 21:29:00
    Gaborone- Botswana (PANA) -- Ahead of the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) starting 26 August, the civil society in Botswana has released its assessment of the country's implementation of the recommendations of the Rio summit (Agenda 21) ten years since. Full text...

  • Johannesburg hotels fully booked ahead of WSSD
    21 august 2002 21:13:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- All hotel rooms in Johannesburg and its environs have been snapped up by delegates who began arriving for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) earlier in the week. Full text...

  • Kenyan NGO complains against Canadian mining company
    21 august 2002 16:19:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A Kenyan NGO has requested its counterparts from other parts of the world meeting in Johannesburg to highlight the plight of Kenyans displaced by a Canadian mining company. Full text...

  • Senegal gets 5.6 million dollars to protect ecosystems
    21 august 2002 13:32:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal has obtained a grant of 5. Full text...

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