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The World Summit on Sustainable Development

, South Africa | 26 August - 4 September 2002

Highlights from Sunday and Monday, 1- 2 September 2002

The ministerial group continued negotiations late into the night, getting stuck on a procedural point regarding a reference to health care. That provision along with language on energy and sanitation are the only major issues left to be resolved within the draft Plan of Implementation.

Photos above and below: Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher, Ethiopia came out thrilled from the WSSD negotiations; Members of the Third World Network.

Daily Web Coverage

24/25 August 31 August
26 August 1 September
27 August 2 September
28 August 3 September
29 August 4 September
30 August Summary

Links to Resources


UN Official Summit website
 UN WSSD Live Website
 South African/JOWSCO website

Key documents
 Draft plan of implementation, 26 June
 Political declaration, proposed elements
 Preliminary prog of meetings & activities
 Link to other key WSSD documents

 WEHAB Framework Papers

Partnerships/Type 2 Outcomes
 Background information and resources
 Vice-Chair's summary on partnerships, annex: Guiding principles for partnerships

ENB's coverage of:

PrepCom IV
 PrepCom III
 PrepCom II
 Prepcom I
 Regional preparatory meetings
 Introduction to the WSSD
- a CSD primer.
 Linkage's portal to the WSSD
- includes background info, photo gallery of key players, WSSD news, publications, calendar, and other online resources.


Breaking News:  Sunday, 1 September 2002
as of 11::00 pm (GMT+2)
Most delegates cheered loudly when the ministers adopted paragraph 17. The paragraph, that addresses the mutual supportiveness of trade, environment and development, contained the language “while ensuring WTO consistency.” Major group representatives protested this language peacefully outside the conference room earlier in the day and were ecstatic to hear that the language was removed.
Sunday, 1 September 2002
as of 4:00 pm (GMT+2)
The small ministerial consultation continued working through the afternoon, reaching agreement on issues regarding common but differentiated responsibilities, consumption and production, and climate change/Kyoto Protocol. The group then started discussions on issues related to means of implementation, trade and finance.  
Above photos: Kofi Annan, United Nations Secretary General attending the Lekotla Business Day 
Sunday, 1 September 2002
as of 1:30 pm (GMT+2)

A small group of ministers and senior delegates met in the morning to continue negotiations on the major clusters of outstanding issues, starting with the text on institutional arrangements and governance issues. They broke for an hour in the afternoon and will reconvene to address common but differentiated responsibilities. 
Partnerships for Sustainable Development: UNCTAD Biodiversity Partnerships

In an afternoon press conference, Rubens Ricupero, Secretary-General, UNCTAD (center) announced three biodiversity partnerships that would help developing countries from Latin America, Asia and Africa obtain access to market biodiversity products and services in the US and Europe.  

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