Commentary: What Is To Be Done At Johannesburg?
Marking the ten-year anniversary of the historic 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa has been viewed throughout its preparations with both great hope and pessimism. Some analysts, activists, and policymakers think the Summit is the last best chance for the world to balance the three pillars (economic, social, and environmental) of sustainable development. Others are looking past Johannesburg altogether, skeptical that it can accomplish much. As of this writing in June 2002, even a clear Summit agenda remains elusive for governments and civil society alike. ECSP asked a wide variety of experts each to highlight one or two specific issues or outcomes they thought essential for Johannesburg to address or achieve. Water, population-environment connections, development financing, and international environmental governance emerged in the contribution as key issues. We offer these 19 commentaries with full knowledge that Johannesburg and the questions and mechanisms it takes up represent only a stop along a path to sustainability--not a final destination.
About the Authors
Geoffrey D. Dabelko
Professor and Associate Dean, George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, Ohio University
Hans JH Verolme
John W. Sewell
Former President of the Overseas Development Council (ODC)
Roger-Mark De Souza
Former Director of Population, Environmental Security, and Resilience
AAAS Fellow, National Science Foundation and Environmental Protection Agency
James D. Nations
Geeta Rao Gupta
Alfred M. Duda
The Nature Conservancy
Marian A. L. Miller
Johnstone Odera Tungani
Former Senior Vice-President, American Electronics Association, Washington, DC.
W. Bradnee Chambers
Pamela S. Chasek
Bharat H. Desai
Environmental Change and Security Program
The Environmental Change and Security Program (ECSP) explores the connections between environmental, health, and population dynamics and their links to conflict, human insecurity, and foreign policy. Read more