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The World Summit on Sustainable Development

, South Africa | 26 August - 4 September 2002

Highlights from Tuesday, 3 September 2002

Delegates to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) met in Plenary to hear speeches from Heads of State and Government and senior officials throughout the day. Round Tables convened in the morning and afternoon to discuss the theme, “Making It Happen.” The Vienna setting met in the morning where it reviewed and adopted revised language in the draft Plan of Implementation.

 The Main Committee convened at 12:45 am on 4 September to consider and endorse the draft Plan of Implementation. South African Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma presented a “package” on the outstanding paragraphs relating to health. Paragraph 6(d) promoting women’s access and participation, eliminating violence and discrimination, and improving their status, was presented without the Canadian amendment relating to delivery of basic “health services” “in conformity with all human rights and fundamental freedoms.” Paragraph 47 on strengthening the capacity of health care systems was amended such that it would deliver “health-care services” rather than “health services,” and this would be “in conformity with human rights and fundamental freedoms, consistent with national laws and cultural and religious values.” Paragraph 58(a) was amended such that it would promote “equitable access to health-care services” rather than “health-care and services.” The package was adopted as presented.



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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.


A revised draft Political Declaration will be available in the morning as well as information on where subsequent negotiations on the declaration will be conducted.
Tuesday, 3 September 2002
as of 3:00 pm (GMT+2)
Delegates waited for the Main Committee, which was scheduled to start at 10:00 pm, to commence in order to adopt the draft Plan of Implementation and forward it to the final Plenary on Wednesday, 4 September. The delay was allegedly caused by backroom informal consultations with the Chair, senior South African officials and key delegations pressing the outstanding articles on health and human rights. Apparently, the goal is to arrive at an informal agreement to avoid a prolonged discussion in the Main Committee and/or the final Plenary.The process to progress on the draft political declaration also remains outstanding, although most delegates think it will be addressed in the Main Committee either in the evening’s session or on Wednesday. Left photo: Women's Caucus held a protest in front of the Sandton Convention Center to remind delegates about how women's issues in "paragraph 6(d),47,58(a)" should equate to women's rights.  

In the morning the Plenary continued with addresses by Heads of State and Government and the second Round Table on �Making It Happen� was convened. The Vienna setting also met in the morning where it reviewed the revised language in the draft Plan of Implementation. Three items remain outstanding:  

  • Paragraph 6(d) � on women�s access to decision-making, elimination of forms of violence and discrimination, and health and economic welfare;
  • Paragraph 58(a) � on health care/services in Africa; and
  • Paragraph 47 � on health care systems.

These are expected to be addressed in the evening�s session of the Main Committee.  


Plenary: High Level Segment

Most speakers underscored the calamitous nature of the environmental crisis and the failure to deliver on Rio promises. Several called for the WSSD to catalyze concrete time-bound actions accompanied by financial commitments and follow-up processes. Many countries expressed commitment to the Millennium Development goals, highlighting poverty alleviation. Several underscored the importance of partnerships and regional cooperation in achieving sustainable development. Some speakers stressed that security and sustainable peace are a necessary precondition to sustainable development. Some countries noted the significance of the International Year of the Mountains (2002).

Roundtable: Making it Happen

In its morning session, the Chair pressed participants to address specific actions to implement WSSD decisions upon returning to their countries. Speakers described existing domestic programmes, and announced or called for new international initiatives, including an international humanitarian fund.

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