””JOHANNESBURG, Sept. 2 (Xinhuanet) -- Namibian President Sam Nujoma Monday
called on world leaders to implement Agenda 21 to effectively arrest
environmental degradation and enhance social and economic development.
””””Speaking at the opening ceremony of the high level segment of the World
Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg,Nujoma said the people
of the world are looking at the summit and are assessing the world leaders'
achievements on the implementation of Agenda 21.
””””Agenda 21, the blueprint for sustainable development adopted atthe Earth
Summit in Rio in 1992, has set the targets of implementation plan to check
poverty, air and water pollution, deforestation, over-fishing, and climate
change, among others.
””””"Agenda 21 is a vision for a world where human beings are at the center of
development activities where they direct these progress in a responsible
manner," the president said.
””””"It reaffirms the link between environment and development and includes
everybody and all countries in efforts to ensure and promote sustainable
””””As a semi-arid country, Namibia attaches importance to the United Nations
Convention to Combat Deserfication, he said, addingthat the government has also
paid special attention to the eradication of poverty and inequality in the
””””"A serious concern to my country and indeed to the developing world as a
whole, pertains to costs and constrains on the developing countries with respect
to the implementation of Agenda 21," Nujoma said.
””””It is important to note that the capacities of developing countries,
especially African countries to effectively implement Agenda 21 are being
hampered by the burden of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, poverty and civil strife, he
””””Therefore, the implementation of Agenda 21 should be enhanced through
financial and technical assistance from the developed countries, he added.
””””The WSSD, as the follow-up of the Rio Earth Summit, has been set focus on
the issues related to water, energy, agriculture, health and biodiversity. The
summit will conclude on Wednesday after adopting an implementation plan on
sustainable development and a political declaration. Enditem