Global Action : Features

There are 27 documents in this section.


  • World Summit won a limp victory

    24 September 2003

    The 10-day World Summit on Sustainable Development ended a year ago this month,with agreement on a plan of action, but with bitter disappointment from many pressure groups over its shortcomings.

  • Signs of hope despite Summit failures says Worldwatch report

    9 January 2003

    Despite little action on many critical issues at the World Summit for Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, the New Year reveals fresh evidence of humanity's capacity to respond rapidly to unprecedented environmental and social threats, says the Worldwatch Institute's annual report State of the World 2003.

  • Assessing the Summit

    22 October 2002

    Compared to the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, last summer's World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg was bound to be somewhat disappointing. The negotiations leading up to Johannesburg had not provided any reason to expect dramatic break-throughs, and there were none.

  • Securing water for people, crops, and ecosystems

    16 September 2002

    During the decade since the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the world's water problems have worsened markedly even as concern about them has risen steadily.

  • 'Time to act on water, energy and gender'

    10 September 2002

    Throughout the 1990s, major United Nations conferences, including the Earth Summit in Rio, stressed the importance of including women in sustainable development. Now at the end of the latest World Summit it seems that many of the commitments remain only on paper. Women continue to face many of the same obstacles they did 10 years ago.

  • Renewable energy for the 21st century

    24 August 2002

    UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's selection of energy as one of five key themes to be addressed at the World Summit is an important indicator of progress over the past decade.

  • Mining less in a sustainable world

    22 August 2002

    Johannesburg, South Africa, developed as a "gold rush" city after home builders quarrying for stones accidentally struck the yellow metal in 1886, but for delegates to the World Summit it was a striking example of the environmental and human price that has been paid in the name of mining.

  • Sanitation milestone welcomed

    6 August 2002

    Two of Britain's leading charities, WaterAid and Tearfund, have welcomed the Johannesburg Summit pledge to halve the numbers without access to sanitation, as well as clean water, by 2015.

  • Fixing the global water crisis needs more than taps and toilets

    1 August 2002

    Government leaders meeting at the World Summit on Sustainable Development will take decisions that shape how water is managed over the next ten years. The conservation organisation, WWF, is concerned that Summit preparations have so far only focused on water delivery and sanitation, while ignoring the crucial issue of water supply.

  • Last gasp for Planet Earth

    17 July 2002

    Putting economics before ecology has a devastating effect on the planet. But while solutions for sustainable development already exist, political will is sadly missing, argues Jonathan Porritt.