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World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002

On the joint initiative of Environment Commissioner Margot Wallström and Development Commissioner Poul Nielson, the European Commission has adopted a Communication "Ten Years After Rio: Preparing for the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002", setting out priorities and actions for the EU in preparation for this event.

In December 2000, the UN General Assembly decided to hold the ten-year review of the Rio Conference on Environment and Development as a World Summit in South Africa in 2002. In this Communication, the Commission stresses the need to ensure an effective EU contribution to this event. The forthcoming EU Sustainable Development Strategy and the recently proposed 6th Environment Action Programme will be important European contributions.

The Communication includes an overall assessment of progress since Rio. It indicates that, although some progress has been achieved, the expectations raised by the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit in 1992 have not been realised. On the basis of this assessment, four strategic objectives are proposed:

  1. Increased global equity and an effective global partnership for sustainable development;

  2. Better integration of environment and development at the international level;

  3. Adoption of environment and development targets to revitalise and provide focus to the Rio process; and

  4. More effective action at national level with stronger international monitoring.


Press release

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Full text of the Communication COM(2001)53

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(pdf ~140K; except el 800K)


Follow the progress of this communication on the Prelex database.

UN Commission on Sustainable Development - Reporting to CSD 8

AGENDA 21 - The first 5 years

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