imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Calendar Publish RSS
Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List




IMC Network:

Original Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech

Surviving Cities

www.indymedia.org africa: canada: quebec east asia: japan europe: athens barcelona belgium bristol brussels cyprus germany grenoble ireland istanbul lille linksunten nantes netherlands norway portugal united kingdom latin america: argentina cmi brasil rosario oceania: aotearoa united states: austin big muddy binghamton boston chicago columbus la michigan nyc portland rochester saint louis san diego san francisco bay area santa cruz, ca tennessee urbana-champaign worcester west asia: palestine process: fbi/legal updates process & imc docs projects: radio satellite tv
printable version - js reader version - view hidden posts - tags and related articles

World Leaders Debate Environment and Economics at Largest UN Summit Ever Held

by Adalila Zelada Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002 at 5:53 PM

World leaders, activists, and business elite gather in Johannesburg to decide the fate of the planet in what is shaping up to be merely another clash between globolizatiion proponents who want to impose free markets and privatization as the path to sustainable development, versus environmental and social justice activists who say the neoliberal model is inherently unsustainable.

WORLD’S LEADERS DEBATE ENVIRONMENT AND ECONOMICS AT LARGEST UN SUMMIT EVER HELD

August 25, 2002

By Adalila Zelada

JOHANNESBURG, S.A. - More than 100 of the world’s presidents and heads of state will descend on South Africa in the coming days to assess the economic and environmental fate of the planet. In what promises to be the biggest United Nations conference ever, the World Summit on Sustainable Development will take place from August 26 to September 5, 2002 in Johannesburg. Many European nations, Japan, and other countries are sending their highest leader. United States President George W. Bush, however, has given no indication that he will attend.

Dubbed “Rio + 10,” the World Summit is a follow-up to the Earth Summit which took place in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. That conference produced various documents, including an 800-page tome known as Agenda 21, a blueprint of specific actions for countries to achieve sustainable development, that is, to make their economies grow while avoiding destruction of environmental resources needed to sustain future generations. The 1992 Summit also produced major treaties on climate change and protection of biodiversity.

Ten years later, the commitments made at Rio’s Earth Summit have gone largely unfulfilled while the global environment is in even worse shape. And in the eyes of anti-globalization activists, the Johannesburg Summit will similarly lead to failure if the pro-corporate globalization forces allied with the Bush Administration have their way.

Critics contend that the World Summit will be the latest clash in the spirit of international meetings at Seattle, then Doha, where environmental and social justice activists protested elite negotiations behind closed doors that they say lead to further social and environmental deterioration. While the World Summit allows for participation from civil society – most notably through a special “Civil Society Global Peoples’ Forum” as part of the Summit’s activities – critics are objecting to the manner in which the official Summit appears already to have been hijacked by corporate interests that favor neo-liberal economic policies as the cure-all for the planet’s woes. According to the International Forum on Globalization, a San Francisco-based think tank, “[g]lobalization, trade and investment designs and structures reinforce a model of development – centered on free trade, hyper economic growth, and export-oriented production – which is inherently unsustainable in ecological and social terms.”

Amid the array of music played last night at the opening ceremony for the Global Forum, renowned physicist and international activist Vandana Shiva denounced the attempted corporate take-over of the summit, just before sharing the podium with South African President Thabo Mbeki who addressed the audience of approximately 2,000 mostly young South Africans.

The U.S. and others, however, including leadership within the U.N., are reflecting the business community’s insistence that free-market models are imperative to sustainable development. U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, speaking at the London School of Economics and Political Science declared that “[I]ndeed the poor are enormous, untapped reservoirs of initiative and entrepreneurship, but their energies are often held in check by poverty, misrule or conflict. They would be the first to say that trade, not aid, is the path out of poverty.”

The World Summit will produce two main documents, a Johannesburg Declaration and a Plan of Implementation on issues ranging from poverty, water, energy and forests to global warming, trade and AIDS in Africa. Key provisions of the draft Plan of Implementation remain in dispute, particularly the role of trade, setting targets and timetables for concrete action, the role of the precautionary principle and the polluter pays principle, as well as the proposition that countries have “common but differentiated responsibilities”--meaning that rich nations have the duty to take the lead in cleaning up the planet’s pollution and in helping poor countries develop sustainably.

While the U.S. delegation has been aggressively pushing for an unrestricted role for trade and the private sector, it has thus far objected to any mention of these other provisions. It has even abandoned commitments the U.S. made at Rio, such as approval of the precautionary principle. That principle, widely adopted in international law, is a better-safe-than-sorry rule to guide governments in protecting health and the environment: products may be banned if they threaten great risks, even if scientific certainty of the risk is lacking. John D. Graham, a White House official, recently called the precautionary principle “a mythical concept, perhaps like a unicorn.”

Report this post as:

Local News

GUIDE TO REBEL CITY LOS ANGELES AVAILABLE A12 5:39PM

lausd whistle blower A10 11:58PM

Website Upgrade A10 3:02AM

Help KCET and UCLA identify 60s-70s Chicano images A04 1:02PM

UCLA Luskin: Casting Youth Justice in a Different Light A02 11:58AM

Change Links April 2018 A01 11:27AM

Nuclear Shutdown News March 2018 M31 6:57PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 7:00PM

Join The Protest Rally in Glendale on April 10, 2018! M29 6:38PM

Spring 2018 National Immigrant Solidarity Network News Alert! M19 2:02PM

Anti-Eviction Mapping Project Shows Shocking Eviction Trends in L.A. M16 5:40PM

Steve Mnuchin video at UCLA released M15 12:34AM

Actress and Philanthropist Tanna Frederick Hosts Project Save Our Surf Beach Clean Ups M06 12:10PM

After Being Told He's 'Full of Sh*t' at School Event, Mnuchin Demands UCLA Suppress Video M02 11:44AM

Resolution of the Rent Strike in Boyle Heights M01 6:28PM

What Big Brother Knows About You and What You Can Do About It M01 3:30PM

Step Up As LAPD Chief Charlie Beck Steps Down F14 2:44PM

Our House Grief Support Center Hosts 9th Annual Run For Hope, April 29 F13 12:51PM

Don’t let this LA County Probation Department overhaul proposal sit on the shelf F13 11:04AM

Echo Park Residents Sue LA Over Controversial Development F12 8:51AM

Former Signal Hill police officer pleads guilty in road-rage incident in Irvine F09 10:25PM

Calif. Police Accused of 'Collusion' With Neo-Nazis After Release of Court Documents F09 7:14PM

Center for the Study of Political Graphics exhibit on Police Abuse posters F07 9:50AM

City Agrees to Settle Lawsuit Claiming Pasadena Police Officer Had His Sister Falsely Arre F04 3:17PM

Professor's Study Highlights Health Risks of Urban Oil Drilling F04 12:42PM

Claims paid involving Pasadena Police Department 2014 to present F04 10:52AM

Pasadenans - get your license plate reader records from police F03 11:11PM

LA Times Homicide Report F03 1:57PM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

What does the Quran Say About Islamic Dress?? A21 4:15PM

Biodiversité ou la nature privatisée A20 11:22AM

The Market is a Universal Totalitarian Religion A20 7:14AM

Book Available about Hispanics and US Civil War by National Park Service A19 5:52PM

The Shortwave Report 04/20/18 Listen Globally! A19 4:01PM

The Republican 'Prolife' Party Is the Party of War, Execution, and Bear Cub Murder A19 11:48AM

Neurogenèse involutive A18 9:21AM

Paraphysique de la dictature étatique A16 10:13AM

Book Review: "The New Bonapartists" A16 3:45AM

The West Must Take the First Steps to Russia A14 12:25PM

Théorie générale de la révolution ou hommage à feu Mikhaïl Bakounine A14 3:30AM

The Shortwave Report 04/13/18 Listen Globally! A12 3:50PM

“Lost in a Dream” Singing Competition Winner to Be Chosen on April 15 for ,000 Prize! A12 3:48PM

The World Dependent on Central Banks A12 4:43AM

Ohio Governor Race: Dennis Kucinich & Richard Cordray Run Against Mike DeWine A11 9:40PM

March 2018 Honduras Coup Again Update A10 10:52PM

Apologie du zadisme insurrectionnel A10 3:33PM

ICE contract with license plate reader company A10 1:14PM

Palimpseste sisyphéen A09 11:23PM

Black Portraiture(S) IV: The Color of Silence...Cuba No...Cambridge Yes A09 5:32AM

Prohibiting Micro-Second Betting on the Exchanges A09 4:18AM

Prosecutors treat Muslims harsher than non-Muslims for the same crimes A08 10:33PM

Amy Goodman interview on cell phone safety A08 10:29PM

Mesa, Arizona police officer kills unarmed white man A08 9:50PM

Israeli leaders should be prosecuted for war crimes A08 9:48PM

Paraphysique de l'autorité A08 12:11AM

Two Podcasts on fbi corruption A06 10:13PM

Fbi assassins assault & try to kill DAVID ATKINS A06 7:29PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2018 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy