Is Johannesburg Summit 2002?
Johannesburg Summit 2002 the World Summit on Sustainable
Development will bring together tens of thousands of
participants, including heads of State and Government, national
delegates and leaders from non-governmental organizations
(NGOs), businesses and other major groups to focus the world's
attention and direct action toward meeting difficult challenges,
including improving people's lives and conserving our natural
resources in a world that is growing in population, with ever-increasing
demands for food, water, shelter, sanitation, energy, health
services and economic security.
At the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, the international community
adopted Agenda 21, an unprecedented global plan of action
for sustainable development. But the best strategies are only
as good as their implementation. Ten years later, the Johannesburg
Summit presents an exciting opportunity for today's leaders
to adopt concrete steps and identify quantifiable targets
for better implementing Agenda 21.
When & Where Is It?
The Summit will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from
26 August to 4 September 2002. The Summit will be held in
the Sandton Convention Centre, just outside Johannesburg.
A non-governmental forum will take place at the nearby Gallagher
Who Will Be Going?
Broad participation and inclusiveness are key to the success
of sustainable development. All sectors of society have a
role to play in building a future in which global resources
are protected, and prosperity and health are within reach
for all of the world's citizens. In addition to governments,
there will be active participation by representatives from
business and industry, children and youth, farmers, indigenous
people, local authorities, non-governmental organizations,
scientific and technological communities, women and workers
and trade unions. These represent the Major Groups identified
in Agenda 21.
If your organization wants to participate at the Johannesburg
Summit or the global preparatory committee meetings (PrepComs),
it must first be accredited with the United Nations.
Individuals wishing to participate should be affiliated with
an accredited organization.
Side events are events that take place in the margins of official
inter-governmental meetings, organised for the purpose of
sharing experiences and increasing opportunities for dialogue
among the official meeting's participants. A number of side
events coordinated by the UN are being held during the Preparatory
Committee (PrepCom) meetings. Others will be held inside the
Sandton Convention Centre throughout the Summit. Click
here for more information on side events.
Around the time of the Summit, a number of additional events
- known as parallel events - will take place in the Johannesburg
area. These events are being convened and managed by organisations
or groups that are independent of the United Nations. The
Johannesburg World Summit Company (JOWSCO) - a non-profit
company that is wholly owned by the South African government
and which is managing logistical operations on behalf of the
Summit’s host nation - is coordinating logistics for these
parallel events. Click
for more information on parallel events.
Who Is Organising The Summit?
The tenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development
(known as CSD10) is acting as the Preparatory Committee for
the Summit which is the central organising body. CSD10 is
having four preparatory meetings for the Summit during 2001-2002,
known as PrepComs. These meetings are being held as follows:
CSD10 sessions are
steered by a Bureau which consists of 2 representatives from
each region of the world (10 members in total). The Bureau for
CSD10 has meetings between the CSD10 Sessions to guide the process
and raise political awareness and support for the Summit amongst
member governments and major groups.
1: 30 April - 2 May 2001,New York
PrepCom 2: 28
January - 8 February 2002, New York
PrepCom 3: 25
March - 4 April 2002, New York
PrepCom 4: 27
May - 7 June 2002, Bali, Indonesia
Click here for
a link to the documentation from the Bureau meetings
Secretary GeneralS Advisory Panel
The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, has
convened a Panel of Eminent Persons to explore the challenges
of sustainable development and make recommendations to him for
meeting them through the Summit process. The work of this Panel
is also intended to assist member states, especially in the
context of the substantive preparatory process culminating in
the final global preparatory session to be held in Indonesia
in May 2002. The Secretary-General has asked Panel members to
help raise political awareness of the Summit process, both generally
and within their own individual spheres of influence and impact.
for a list of Panel members.
for the notes from their second meeting, held in new York on 5
Logistical organization of the Summit within South Africa is
being managed by the Johannesburg World Summit Company (JOWSCO),
on behalf of the Government of South Africa. For information
about logistical issues related to the Summit, including events
and exhibitions during the Summit outside the Sandton Centre,
travel, accommodation and tourism in the area, visit the JOWSCO