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The World Summit on Sustainable Development


Johannesburg
, South Africa | 26 August - 4 September 2002
 

Highlights from Monday, 2 September 2002


Delegates to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) met in Plenary to hear speeches from Thabo Mbeki, President of the Republic of South Africa, Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General, and Han Seung-soo, President of the UN General Assembly. This was followed by addresses by Heads of State that proceeded throughout the day. In the afternoon, a round table of Heads of State and senior officials was convened to discuss the theme “Making It Happen.” Regarding the draft Plan of Implementation, ministerial consultations on energy convened briefly in the morning, net informally throughout the day and concluded negotiations in the evening.

Above photo: Nelson Mandela, Nobel Laureate and former President of the Republic of South Africa being welcomed by Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General and Thabo Mbeki, President of the Republic of South Africa.

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


OFFICIAL WEBSITES

 
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.

 


Monday, 2 September 2002
as of 7:00 pm 
Ministerial Consultation:





As evening approached delegates within the ministerial consultations finally concluded their negotiations on outstanding provisions in the draft Plan of Implementation regarding energy. The full day of discussion resulted in the following compromise text:




  • improve access to reliable and affordable energy services for sustainable development sufficient to achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, including the goal of halving the proportion of people in poverty by 2015 (paragraph 8);
  • diversify energy supply by developing “advanced, cleaner, more efficient, affordable and cost-effective energy technologies, including fossil fuel technologies as well as renewable energy technologies, hydro included… With a sense of urgency, substantially increase the global share of renewable energy sources with the objective of increasing its contribution to the total energy supply…” (paragraph 19(e));
  • take action, where appropriate, to phase out subsidies inhibiting sustainable development (paragraph 19(p)bis); and
  • urge countries to develop and implement actions within the framework of CSD-9 (paragraph 19(s)).






The target on renewable energy was removed.

On questions regarding agreement at PrepCom IV on paragraph 47 regarding health services, delegates have been exploring means to address concerns regarding human rights either through re-opening the text of 47 or possibly placing text in: paragraph 6(d), which was agreed ad referendum and addresses issues of women’s equity; or 58(a). which addresses health care. 

 

Photo below L-R: Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General, Thabo Mbeki, President of the Republic of South Africa, First Lady Zanele Mbeki and Mrs. Nani Annan; Jacques Chirac, President of France; Nitin Desai and Roxana Desai with Nelson Mandela and Graca Machel
Monday, 2 September 2002
as of 1:00 pm 
In the morning and afternoon, delegates to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) met in Plenary to hear speeches from Heads of State and other senior officials. At the Plenary�s opening, Thabo Mbeki, President of the Republic of South Africa, Kofi Annan, UN Secretary-General, and Han Seung-soo, President of the UN General Assembly addressed the audience. This was followed by a presentation from the �Children of the World� and the addresses by Heads of State. In the afternoon, a round table of Heads of State and senior officials was convened to discuss the theme �Making It Happen.� Above photo: Nelson Mandela, Nobel Laureate and former President of the Republic of South Africa being welcomed by Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General and Thabo Mbeki, President of the Republic of South Africa.


Elsewhere, regarding the negotiations on the draft Plan of Implementation, the informal ministerial consultations convened in the morning and met throughout the day specifically focusing on draft text on energy. 













Above photos L-R: Kofi Annan and Thabo Mbeki welcoming Megawati Soekarnoputri, President of the Republic of Indonesia; King Mohammed VI, Morocco with Kofi Annan, Mossomeh Ebtekar, Vice-President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
High Level Segment Opening Plenary: 
Thabo Mbeki, President, Republic of south Africa, appealed to world leaders to communicate from Johannesburg that they are ready to be judged by the speed and commitment with which they implement their agreements, and that they will defeat global apartheid. 




Kofi Annan, UN Secretary General stressed the need for responsibility for each other, the planet and future generations, and said that the environment provides not only the resources on which society depends, but beauty and spiritual sustenance.
Han Seung-soo, President, UN General Assembly (UNGA), highlighted that the need to reverse �de-development� was as important as the need to promote sustainable development. 
Listen to Plenary Address by Heads of State from:

 European Commission | United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland | Canada | Marshall Islands | Namibia | Uganda 

Breaking News:  Monday, 2 September 2002
as of 2:30 am (GMT+2)
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.
Above photos: Tewolde Berhan Gebre Egziabher, Ethiopia came out thrilled from the WSSD negotiations; Members of the Third World Network. 

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