Ten years after the conclusion of the Rio Earth Summit, almost all the commitments made by the participating governments have come to nothing. Agenda 21 spoke of access to safe drinking water and adequate food and shelter by the year 2000.
Two years later, we head on to Johannesburg-a summit most like Rio except that it has promised action instead of words-with virtually the same problems at hand.
The Johannesburg Summit on Sustainable Development is bound to thrash out serious global health concerns including HIV/AIDS and Tuberculosis, as it also deals with the failure of Rio that has led to a global situation where one in every five people lack access to clean drinking water.
Will Johannesburg change anything in the world? Do you think that as tomorrow?s people, youth need a voice in what commitments are made at summits like Johannesburg? Will those commitments lead to change in the world, or are more concrete actions necessary?
Join in Mandate the Future discussions as we highlight some of the issues dealt with at WSSD this week, and express your opinion too.