Global Action : Newsfile

There are 33 documents in this section.

  • New global effort to tackle water and sanitation crisis

    24 July 2004

    A group of high-level experts have been appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to ensure that the world stays on track to meet the UN development targets on water and sanitation.

  • Terrorism, Iraq saps energy from sustainable development

    29 April 2004

    The attention of high level politicians has been diverted from sustainable development by "the recent emphasis given to terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and the war in Iraq," United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has warned.

  • EU governments ' breaking pledge to poorest'

    11 November 2003

    EU governments are blocking the spending of a 1 billion euro fund that could be used to bring fresh water and sanitation to millions of the world's poor, a British Member of the European Parliament claims.

  • Water top of the agenda for post-Summit action

    21 May 2003

    The follow-up to the Johannesburg Summit will focus on water, sanitation and human settlements for the first two years, decided the Commission on Sustainable Development at the end of its annual meeting.

  • South Africa reports summit 'profit'

    17 September 2002

    Adding up what delegates to the World Summit on Sustainable Development spent on accommodation, transport, food and beverages, plus private sector investment, the summit generated more than eight billion rand (US$745.6 million) for South Africa, tourism officials say.

  • $200 billion would provide water and sanitation for all

    10 September 2002

    It would cost US$200 billion to supply clean drinking water and sanitation for every village, town and city on the planet, says European Union President Anders Fogh Rasmussen of Denmark. The EU has launched a programme to accomplish that goal starting with Africa, eastern Europe, the Caucasus and central Asia through Water for Life partnership agreements.

  • UNFPA welcomes summit outcome

    9 September 2002

    The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has welcomed world leaders' reaffirmation of goals linking poverty eradication and environmental protection to health, including reproductive health, and women's empowerment, but crticised he downplaying of population.

  • What future for the planet, now?

    9 September 2002

    The World Summit on Sustainable Development has ended with a compromise plan that merely maintains the status quo. What then is the future of global efforts to eradicate poverty and protect the environment, asks Claude Martin.

  • Voices from the Summit

    5 September 2002

    The World Summit prompted strong reactions from many quarters. Here we give a flavour of what has been said:

  • Summit agrees deal to restore fisheries

    29 August 2002

    A plan calling for the restoration of the world's heavily depleted fish stocks by 2015 has been agreed by 189 nations at the World Summit on Sustainable Development.