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The FAO Code of Conduct for Responsible Fishing and the WSSD include language that supports that priority.
EarthLife Africa's Zero Waste Team was granted authority by the WSSD to manage the zero waste program for the civil society meetings of the WSSD, called the Global Forum.
Traveling as part of a Global Exchange Reality Tour coordinated by Deborah James of WILPF-USA, I found Johannesburg to be an amazingly suitable context for the WSSD.
Come the opening ceremonies of the WSSD on August 26, Mandela was 300 miles away in Limpopo Province, working on a book.
Interestingly, the draft WSSD Political Declaration included the concept of "global apartheid" but the term was eliminated in the final 4-page document.
The WSSD agenda rated bio diversity as one of the five key areas of work.
The Johannesburg WSSD, frequently referred to as Earth Summit II or Rio+1O, met under the theme, "People, Planet and Prosperity.
The International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU), claiming to speak on behalf of the working classes of the world, has argued that the WSSD must serve to negotiate 'a "New Deal", one that will take the aspirations of Agenda 21 into a second decade' (ICFTU document entitled 'Fashioning A New Deal: WSSD discussion document).
The members of the team base their engagement in the WSSD process on the recognition of the sacred nature of creation and the spiritual inter-relationship of all its parts.
It stresses the European Union's commitment to a successful outcome at the WSSD and its willingness to continue playing a leading role in the preparation of the summit, with a view to reaching a global deal building upon the successful steps of Monterrey and Doha.
For the last year I have been one of twenty Canadian Youth Summit Team members whose mandates to get Canadian youth involved and empowered in sustainable development issues leading up to the WSSD gathering August 2002 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Meanwhile, Ingvar Andersson, senior water adviser at the Environmentally Sustainable Development Group of the UNDP's Bureau for Development Policy, said that global society faces ''an immense challenge ahead,'' in terms of access to safe water, one of the main agendas of the WSSD.
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