Delegates from some 190 countries represented at the Johannesburg summit on sustainable development concluded their second day of negotiations yesterday, having agreed a further 38 paragraphs of the crucial action plan intended to be the event's main output (EED 26/08/02).
Nevertheless, only one major political issue was solved, with finalisation of a section of the text dealing with fisheries. In an early victory for the EU, which is pushing for concrete targets and timetables in the action plan, delegates backed a commitment to maintain or restore fisheries to their maximum sustainable yield by 2015. The alternative, more vague wording had been to achieve this goal "on an urgent basis".
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