China’s announcement earlier this week that it has ratified the Kyoto Protocol on global warming led a host of moves by countries on international treaties dealing with sustainable development at a just-concluded United Nations conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Praising the partnership initiatives introduced by governments at the World Summit on Sustainable Development, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan today said the conference marked "a major leap forward" in teaming up the public sector, civil society, businesses and other key actors in the global fight against poverty.
Concluding negotiations that spanned nine months and three continents, delegates at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, have reached agreement on the last remaining provisions of the action plan to be adopted at the conclusion of the conference, United Nations officials said today.
Young people from across the globe will voice their concerns about the planet's environment when the Johannesburg World Summit for Sustainable Development kicks into high gear during its high-level segment on Monday, the United Nations reported today.
Sounding the drumbeat for a stronger public commitment to fight global problems, United Nations officials today challenged governments meeting at the World Summit on Sustainable Development to invest more resources to help reduce worldwide hunger and poverty, provide clean water and ensure adequate treatment for HIV/AIDS.