24 June 2002

South Africa: World Summit is Too Important to Fail'

Johannesburg — THE World Summit on Sustainable Development has to succeed because at stake are issues that determine the survival of human beings, says Jon Bech, Norwegian ambassador to SA .

Bech was speaking at one of the Johannesburg World Summit Company's legacy projects, a multipurpose resource centre towards which Norway contributed about R8m. The centre, near the Sandton Convention Centre where the summit will take place, includes a library, a media centre, a website and a call centre.

It will co-ordinate all communication between representatives at the summit including the media, local and international delegates and nongovernmental organisations

"Norway is dedicated to support financing for sustainable development. It has for a long time been engaged in a wide variety of efforts aimed at conservation and responsible management of Africa's precious resources," the ambassador said.

After the summit, the centre, which has been donated to the multibillion rand Alexandra Renewal Project, will be transformed into a sustainable resource centre and moved to Alexandra township.

Copyright © 2002 Business Day. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.