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JACK McConnell was preparing a special parliamentary statement he will make today in Edinburgh as he flew the length of Africa through the night at the end of his three-day official visit to South Africa and the world summit on poverty and the environment.
THE World Summit on Sustainable Development has finally agreed an action plan.
ZIMBABWE’S president, Robert Mugabe, launched a vicious attack on Tony Blair at the World Summit on poverty and the environment in Johannesburg yesterday.
EARLIER this year, before Jack McConnell, the First Minister, made his ground-breaking "environment first" speech in Edinburgh, he visited a landfill site in Lanarkshire.
A RESERVED Jack McConnell hung loose finally yesterday in the bright light of South Africa and its sunshine smiles.
PRIME Minister Tony Blair today challenged fellow world leaders to summon the political will to tackle the problems of poverty and climate change.
JACK McCONNELL, on a three-day visit to the World Summit on Sustainable Development, yesterday spent more than two hours in Soweto, visiting the giant township’s Mountain of Hope - a project where Sowetans are transforming a huge rubbish dump from a no-go area into a community centre and vegetable gardens.
TONY BLAIR has made a coded attack on the George Bush’s environmental policies, saying that the US president had been shortsighted in refusing to ratify the Kyoto treaty.
BEHIND warehouse doors in the countryside south of the Zambian capital of Lusaka lie 20,000 bags of neatly-stacked maize meal. Even though the people in the surrounding villages are starving, the maize will remain uneaten. It is a genetically-modified product grown by US farmers and eaten by Americans and the surplus shipped to Africa as food aid. But the Zambian government would rather its people die than distribute what it considers to be a tainted food.
JACK McCONNELL will become the first Scottish First Minister to take part in a major world summit when he flies out to Johannesburg today, but he has been warned not to expect to make much of an impact, writes Hamish Macdonell.
THE World Summit on poverty and the environment was last night sliding into chaos as negotiators failed to reach any substantive deal for more than one hundred heads of state to sign when they start arriving tomorrow.
A POLICE officer deployed to help to control tomorrow’s exected protests at the World Summit was yesterday arrested and charged with murder after a security guard was shot at a Johannesburg hotel, writes Fred Bridgland.
TENS of thousands of people are planning to march tomorrow on the United Nations world summit on poverty and the environment, giving South Africa’s authorities their biggest headache so far during the ten-day event.
I LIKE it here. For a start, it is 40 miles away from the gross Potemkin village-cum-Disneyland that the South African government and the United Nations have created in Johannesburg for the World Summit on poverty and the environment.
GOVERNMENT ministers and civil servants at the World Summit on poverty and the environment last night achieved their first substantive agreement - on ways to tackle the world’s fisheries crisis. The deal envisages restoring most of the major global fishing grounds to commercial health by 2015.
TWO foreign journalists reporting on the World Summit in Johannesburg were drugged and robbed yesterday by two prostitutes who shared a bed with them overnight.
THERE is a difference between being cynical and being realistic. That means you don’t need to believe that the world’s politicians are only in it for the money, free gifts, free holidays and first-class travel to know that an earth summit on sustainable development with more than 40,000 delegates from 160 countries would be a fiasco.
BRITAIN last night criticised George Bush’s failure to attend the World Summit on Sustainable Development as ministers made clear they had hoped the US president would have been able to turn up.