Africa to hold 2002 Earth Summit
South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism announced on
Sunday that the United Nations General Assembly on Environment and Sustainable
Development (UNCED) had chosen South Africa to host the Earth Summit in 2002.
a statement, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, the deputy minister of environmental affairs
and tourism, said that South Africa welcomed the decision to bring the conference
to the African continent. The summit would be held in Johannesburg. "Bringing
the Earth Summit to South Africa is a major boost for Africa as the major
conference on sustainable development on our soil will firmly place these
issues and debates on the agenda of our continent" said Mabudafhasi.
In February, President
Thabo Mbeki made a formal offer to the United Nations to host the 10-year
Review Summit, popularly referred to as the Earth Summit 2002. 'It is significant
that it should take place in the developing world' Several heads of state
will attend the summit that is expected to draw about 40,000 participants.
More than 130 heads of state participated in the summit in 1992 and it is
expected that the
majority of the 188 members of the UN will send delegations to the 2002 conference.
More than 15,000 NGOs were represented at the 1992 meeting.
Mabudafhasi said that
the significance of the conference went beyond the actual event because it
set the agenda for sustainable development and the environment for the next
decade. "It is therefore significant that it should take place in the developing
world where the issues of development and the environment are fundamental
to the daily struggle against poverty." Earth Summit 2002 should deepen the
global commitment to sustainable development and bring environmental issues
to the fore. There is wide consensus that the primary focus of the summit
should be poverty, development and the environment. Poverty and underdevelopment
are seen as the fundamental threats to environmental security and sustainable
The UN Secretariat has
also released the following information from the UN General Assembly
The Rio+10 event will
carry the title WORLD SUMMIT ON SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
CSD10 will function
as the preparatory committee (Prepcom) for Rio+10, and will hold four PrepComs.
The first prepcom is scheduled from 30 April to 2 May 2001 (in New York),
followed by prepcoms in late January 2002 (in New York), mid-March 2002
(in New York) and mid-May 2002 (in Indonesia, at Ministerial level).
The event and its preparatory
process will include active participation of NGOs and other major groups,
including multi-stakeholder dialogues. The event will open accreditation
to new NGOs interested in making a contribution to Rio+10.
Africa to hold Rio+10 Summit
of the UN General Assembly Decision
Rio+10 Summit Meeting
Summit 2002 website