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Final Preparations for World Summit on Sustainable Development

The IAEA hosts a side event in the runup to Johannesburg

PrepCom Meeting in Bali, Indonesia

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The IAEA is hosting a side event at the 4th Preparatory Committee (PrepCom4) for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), which will start 26 August in Johannesburg, South Africa. PrepCom4 is now in its second week at the International Convention Center in Bali, Indonesia.

The side event, entitled "Integrated Coastal Zone Management - Issues, Technologies and Partnerships", is organized by the IAEA in cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The event will focus on oceans, seas, and fresh water, and their importance. It will also examine important issues in coastal zone management and the technologies available for sustainable development of these water resources. Invited speakers include:

  • Mr. Werner Burkart, Deputy Director General, IAEA Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications;
  • Professor G.O.P. Obasi, Secretary General, WMO
  • Mr. W. Erdelen, Assistant Director General, UNESCO
  • Dr. William Padolina, Deputy Director General for Partnerships, International Rice Research Institute,
  • Dr. V. Selvam, Programme Director, M.S. Swaminathan Research Foundation, India
  • Mr. Bo Asplund, Resident Coordinator of UN System Activities for Indonesia

UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has named five areas where the Johannesburg Summit can make a difference: water and sanitation; energy, health, agriculture and bio-diversity. Worldwide, two of every five people, or 2.2 billion, live within 100 kilometers of a coast.

In his presentation, Mr. Burkart is expected to give a review of IAEA's activities that have particular relevance to the issue of coastal zones and their management. He will additionally highlight how the IAEA brings its expertise in nuclear and isotopic techniques to bear on serving human needs in the first four areas.

As part of UN preparations for WSSD, the IAEA has contributed a background document describing Agency assistance to developing countries in the implementation of Agenda 21, the global action plan adopted at the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro. The Agency also recently issued a brochure that highlights the contributions of nuclear technologies and IAEA-supported projects in the fields of water development; food and agricultural production; human health; environmental protection; and energy. It also describes Agency assistance to developing countries and economies in transition to help strengthen their national capabilities in energy planning for sustainable development.

The second week of PrepCom is being held at the ministerial level. Participants will consider a political declaration to be endorsed by Heads of State and Government in Johannesburg. They will also try to finalize agreement on a document for formal adoption in Johannesburg that aims to:

  • emphasize the need for a global partnership to achieve the objectives of sustainable development,
  • reconfirm the need for an integrated and strategically focused approach to the implementation of Agenda 21, and
  • address the main challenges and opportunities faced by the international community in this regard.

The IAEA side event will take place Wednesday, 5 June 2002, from 18:15 to 19:45 in Caucus Room 3 of the Bali International Convention Center.

For more information, visit the official WSSD web site.