G8 ministers prepare the way for Johannesburg

Environment ministers annual meeting in Canada overshadowed by row over climate change

Environment ministers from the G8 group of leading nations agreed priorities for the Johannesburg world sustainability summit at a meeting in Banff, Canada this weekend. The session included detailed discussions on environment and health, environmental governance and environment and development, plus an unscripted row over climate change.

The ministers reaffirmed their desire for the summit to deliver a plan of action for global sustainable development, throwing their weight behind development of "concrete proposals" in key sectors, which they said should include sustainable use of water, energy and forests.

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