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Editorial 04.01.02

From August 26 to September 4, 2002, there will be another Earth Summit held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

It is being titled, "The World Summit on Sustainable Development" -also known as 'Rio +10'. The last Earth Summit was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992, hence the 'Rio +10' designation.

The Johannesburg Summit is intended to shape the global sustainable development agenda for the coming decade(s). It will bring together tens of thousands of participants; including heads of state and government, international environmental activists, national delegates and leaders from non-governmental organizations (NGO's), United Nations agencies, the International Business Community, Multilateral Financial Institutions, as well as many other major groups and peoples throughout the world who have an immediate interest in the prospect of local, national and global survival and the promotion and implementation of sustainable environmental values and practices in their communities.

The 2002 Earth Summit will attempt to build on the agenda of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, which focused on ways for countries to cooperate together in addressing global environmental problems such as pollution, climate change, depletion of the ozone layer, the conservation and management of marine and freshwater resources, widespread desertification, urban sprawl, the proliferation of hazardous waste and the overwhelming loss of the Earth's biological diversity, among other issues.

The Rio Summit resulted in several major developments in international cooperation including the creation of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, a document entitled, "Agenda 21", as well as new treaties on climate change and biological diversity.

The 2002 Earth Summit in Johannesburg will most likely focus on a number of specific global environmental and developmental problems and issues, some of which include; natural resources conservation, addressing the causes and solutions of climate change, harnessing alternative energy sources, slowing the global population explosion, developing environmentally sustainable and livable cities and communities, promoting sustainable/organic agricultural practices and human health alternatives, properly managing the world's fisheries, conserving the world's forests, securing international aid and poverty reduction commitments, as well as addressing and implementing the issues, principles and directives of the Agenda 21 document previously developed at the 1992 Rio Earth Summit.

The Johannesburg Summit will hopefully serve as a means through which major international attention will be directed towards meeting the difficult environmental, social and developmental challenges of the 21st century.

This includes improving people's lives on the ground, conserving our dwindling finite natural resources in a world where population growth and ever-increasing demands for food, water, shelter, sanitation, energy, health services and economic security are ever on the rise.

Steve Jones
P.O. Box 1141
Boulder, Colorado



1. Earth Summit 2002
Stakeholder Forum on Our Common Future
c/o UNA-UK, 3 Whitehall Court
London, United Kingdom, SW1A 2EL
European Union


2. UN Johannesburg Summit 2002
2 UN Plaza, Rm DC2-2220
New York, New York 10017


3. Worldwatch Institute
1776 Massachussetts Ave- NW
Washington, DC 20036

Vital Signs Website: Vital Signs

4. International Institute for Sustainable Development
161 Portage Ave- East
Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B 0Y4

European Office:
C-403 Geneva Environment Centre
13, Chemin des Anemones
1219 Geneva


5. Agenda 21 Document
United Nations HQ
777 United Nations Plaza
New York, New York 10017


6. Global Water Crisis

7. Global Warming

8. North vs. South