ECLAC committed to Development and the Environment:
World Summit On Sustainable Development Scheduled for Johannesburg in 2002
Four sub-regional meetings are planned, along with a Preparatory Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean.
(31 May 2001) The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), in cooperation with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat have begun regional preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, scheduled to take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 2-11 September 2002.
The purpose of this meeting is to revitalize at the highest political level the world's commitment to sustainable development, made ten years ago in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, at the end of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Earth Summit.
The preparatory process, which will help to evaluate progress since 1992 with regard to the Rio Summit accords, consists of four sub-regional meetings and a Preparatory Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean. This last is scheduled to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 23-24 October 2001.
Prior to the Preparatory Regional Conference there will be four sub-regional meetings:
Southern Cone and Brazil, in Santiago, Chile, at ECLAC's headquarters, 14-15 June 2001
The Caribbean, in Havana, Cuba, 28-29 June 2001
The Andean region, in Quito, Ecuador, 2-3 July 2001
Central America, in San Salvador, El Salvador, 16-17 July 2001
At the national level, each country is preparing a report. Moreover, ECLAC and the UNEP are coordinating the preparation of the 'Regional Evaluation of Progress Toward Applying Program 21 and an Action Platform for the Future,' to be presented at the Preparatory Regional Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean for the World Summit on Sustainable Development.