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The World Summit 2002

From the 26h August to 4th September 2002 world leaders came to Johannesburg, South Africa. The world summit leaders talked about the issues that face the poor today. Most of us have forgotten the summit.

Did the summit achieve its objectives? What actually was achieved?

What was the point?

Leaders from around the world, meeting in a poverty stricken City wanted to discuss poverty eradication and environmental sustainability.

The decisions that the world summit took, - or failed to take - will shape many countries' policies for years ahead..

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  • The number of people without proper sanitation is to be halved by 2015.
  • Agreements were made about chemicals and on fisheries.

    Small Steps forward

  • Renewable energy.
  • Endangered Species.
  • The problems of trade, the environment and development.

    Actions plans were agreed concerning the way forward on issues including pollution, agriculture, energy, water, natural disasters and the over-consumption of resources by industrialised nations.

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    Unfortunately many believe that the world summit, which offered so much, has delivered much less than it promised.

    No agreements were made on the many of the most important issues. There was no international promise made concerning increasing overseas aid. The terms of trade with developing countries has not been improved. Others believe that the small steps forward are worth all the effort.

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    Has globalisation brought a new sense of responsibility?

    After many speeches, promises, and avoided agreements some wonder if we really have a sense of global responsibility.

    For the poorest people there was little to help them go get them out of poverty, but the sanitation agreement will improve the lives of many.

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    Water Shortages

    Many believe that major wars could be fought because of the lack of water worldwide. The results of population explosion in developing countries are stretched resources, which means that more people live in poverty. What will the world do about water shortages?

  • 2 out of 3 people could face water shortages by 2025.
  • 1.1 billion people lack access to adequate drinking water.
  • Only 50% of Sub-Saharan Africa will have access to drinkable water by 2025 if current problems persist.

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