Europe prepares for world sustainability summit

Framework for debate gets clearer as build-up to Rio+10 conference gathers pace

Ministers from across Europe as well as North America yesterday agreed a joint statement on priorities for next September's world sustainable development summit (WSSD), which will mark the tenth anniversary of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Held in Geneva, the two-day meeting will be followed by a round of other regional preparatory meetings as the build-up to the Johannesburg conference gathers pace.

Europe's input to the WSSD bears strong hallmarks of earlier preparatory statements made by the EU. In particular, these include a European Commission communication released in February (EED 07/02/01) and a set of conclusions adopted by EU environment ministers in June (EED 11/06/01).

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