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Jo'burg World Summit significance for UK

29 August 2002

Bringing it Home

The World Summit for Sustainable Development matters to the UK:
the Sustainable Development Commission explains why


Members of the UK Sustainable Development Commission (the Government's
principal advisory body on sustainable development) are available for interview, to
explain and comment on the relevance of
sustainable development for the UK.

What is sustainable development?

Why does it matter to the UK?

Jonathon Porritt (Chairman of the Commission) and other commissioners will be in
the UK throughout the summit, and are available to answer these questions. They
are eager to demonstrate how the high level discussions in Johannesburg are
relevant to many of the social and environmental challenges we are facing in the
UK.

Some key themes arising from the Summit that have a direct impact upon people in
this country:

- The link between social exclusion and environmental degradation in the
poorest areas of the UK;

- How sustainable tourism can help invigorate our countryside in the
aftermath of the foot and mouth outbreak;

- How sustainable development projects are helping to regenerate areas
throughout of the UK;

- The opportunity for a dramatic leap forward in the way we generate and
use our energy in the UK

- Sustainable agriculture practices are boosting rural areas around the
country:

- Is the Summit bad news for British business?
The Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) has particular expertise in these
areas, and Jonathon Porritt or other commissioners (including those based in UK
regions) are available for comment or interview during the Summit period.

The Sustainable Development Commission is the Government's independent
sustainable development advisor, reporting to Tony Blair and the devolved
administration leaders. www.sd-commission.org.uk

SDC's remit is to advocate sustainable development across all sectors in the UK,
review progress towards it, and build consensus on the actions needed for further
progress.

Sustainable development provides a framework for redirecting our economies to
enable everyone to meet their basic needs and improve their quality of life, while
ensuring that the natural resources upon which they depend are maintained and
enhanced, both for their benefit and for that of future generations.

The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) is taking place in
Johannesburg from 26 August-4 September inclusive. Two Commissioners, Maria
Adebowale and Professor Tim O'Riordan are members of the UK delegation and five
other Commissioners will be present representing their own organisations. They are
Nicky Gavron, Deputy Mayor of London, Professor Rod Aspinwall, Deputy Chairman
of the Enviros Group, Charles Secrett, Executive Director of Friends of the Earth, Alan
Knight, Head of Social Responsibility, Kingfisher, and Derek Osborn, Chairman of the
Stakeholder Forum for Our Common Future.

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