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UAE experience on show at Earth Summit: UAE daily

posted on 26/08/2002: 1813 views

A major UAE Arabic daily yesterday said that the UAE's participation in the World summit on Sustainable Development, WSSD, in Johannesburg with a high- level delegation reflects the deep commitment to sustainable development by the UAE and its leader, President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan al Nahyan. The Abu Dhabi-based "Al Ittihad” said that Sheikh Zayed attaches great importance to sustainable development, being a pivot for the provision of better life for the human being and for the protection of the environment. This strategy, the paper said, reflects the agenda that the UAE would present during the summit, which officially opens tomorrow.

The paper said that the UAE agenda consists of a number of issues of great concern to the international community, including strategies and sustainable development programmes, which the country adopts in implementation of the 21st century programmes approved by the Rio De Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992 and the Millennium Summit, which was held in New York in 2000. "The national report on sustainable development, which the UAE delegation will present and discuss at the Summit, reflects the UAE's civilisational drive in areas like the environment and development, which will show the depth of importance Sheikh Zayed attaches to development and environmental protection,” the paper said, adding that the delegation will present a number of issues, including the Abu Dhabi initiative on Environmental Information, presented by the Environmental Research and Wildlife Development Agency, ERWDA, the introduction of the Zayed International Prize on Environment, which is being awarded regularly to any body which distinguishes itself in the field of environmental protection, the Abu Dhabi Declaration of 2001 on the Future of Arab Action on Environment, the Abu Dhabi Declaration of 2002 on Agriculture Development and Fighting Desertification and the Dubai Declaration of 2002 on the Comprehensive Administration of Water Resources in Dry Areas.

The paper said that the priorities and requirements of developing countries are expected to be on top of the agenda of the summit, taking into consideration that sustainable development cannot be achieved in the absence of standards and capabilities which would provide the factor for sustainable development. The paper pointed out that the Summit provides a great opportunity for developing countries to bring up issues on commitment made by the developed countries to set aside seven per cent of their budgets to finance environmental protection and development efforts.

"It is the hope of all the countries of the world that this Summit comes out with a significant result, which would be strictly implemented according to a consensually agreed timetable, as only a few of the recommendations made in the past summits were implemented,” the paper said. "Will the Johannesburg Summit succeed where the Rio de Janeiro and New York summits had failed?” the paper asked. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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