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Earth Summit issues Johannesburg declaration

posted on 05/09/2002: 2137 views

Johannesburg - South African President Thabo Mbeki yesterday closed the 10-day UN Earth summit in Johannesburg after world leaders adopted a much debated charter aimed at reducing damage to the environment and upgrading the lot of the world's poor. The summit also adopted a "Johannesburg Declaration on Sustainable Development", asserting the leaders' seriousness in protecting the environment and combating poverty. South African President Thabo Mbeki, chairing the session, said the draft had gone through numerous revisions.

It acknowledges that goals set at the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 have not been met and pledges the leaders "to combat terrorism, organised crime and corruption, singly and collectively ... " The declaration commits the leaders to building "a human, equitable and caring global society cognisant of the need for human dignity for all.. " Environmental activists and aid groups on said the Plan of Implementation was an abject failure, but UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said: "you must not expect a conference like this to produce miracles". (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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