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The World Summit on Sustainable Development– the Johannesburg Summit– is the United Nations sponsored meeting that was held in the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg from 26 August to 4 September 2002. In addition to governments, representatives from all of the Major Groups identified in Agenda 21 participated in the Summit, namely: farmers, local authorities, women, business, science and technologists, youth, workers, indigenous people and NGOs.

Around the time of the Summit, a number of additional events– known as parallel events– took place in the Johannesburg area. These events were convened and managed by organisations or groups that are independent of the United Nations. The Johannesburg World Summit Company (JOWSCO) – a non-profit company wholly owned by the South African government that was established to manage logistical operations on behalf of the Summit's host nation – is coordinating logistics for these parallel events. JOWSCO has a comprehensive list of hundreds of parallel events that took place at the time of the Summit. For more information click here.

The following list summarises those parallel events associated with the Summit that were brought to the attention of the Summit Secretariat. For more information on any of these events, contact the organisers direct or visit the JOWSCO website at: www.joburgsummit2002.com

Civil Society Global Forum
A Civil Society Global Forum will be held from 19 August to 4 September at the Expo Centre (NASREC) located to the south of Johannesburg. This event will be open to representatives of all of the Major Groups identified in Agenda 21. It is being managed by the Civil Society Secretariat operating independently of both the UN and JOWSCO. Please visit the Global Forum's website at: http://www.worldsummit.org.za

Business Forum
Lekgotla, a business day, will be held at the Hilton Hotel, near to the Sandton Convention Centre on Sunday 1 September. This is being organised by Business Action for Sustainable Development (BASD). Between 800 and 1,000 business leaders from all over the world will gather to discuss issues surrounding sustainable development and provide business's articulation of the core themes that will shape the Summit agenda. For more information, visit the BASD website at:http://www.basd-action.net/activities/business.shtml.

Local Government Session - Local Action Moves the World
The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) is co-ordinating local government input to the Johannesburg Summit. With the support of the United Nations and major international associations of local government authorities, it will be convening a Forum centered around the unique ability of local government to achieve tangible improvements in global environmental and sustainable development conditions through cumulative local action. Local Action Moves the World will provide an opportunity for local government leaders and their partners to present the key messages from the Local Government Dialogue Paper, the official representation of the local government position, to the Summit and the world. These messages will be illustrated by best strategy case examples and supported by commitments for the future. Between 200 – 300 representatives from around the world will be attending this forum at the Sandton Crowne Plaza from 27-30 August. For more information, visit the ICLEI website at: http://www.iclei.org/lgs.

Ubuntu Village and Exhibition
This will serve as the cultural and infrastructure hub for all people in Johannesburg for the Summit and the parallel events. It will provide the opportunity for people from diverse cultures around the world to interact, share and showcase their unique cultural heritage and its impacts on sustainable development through entertainment and exhibition activities. In terms of logistics, the Ubuntu Village will provide a central information and service venue, which can be accessed by all delegates on a 24-hour basis. It will be located at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg's Innesfree Park. The central focus point of this village will be Tensile 1, the largest moveable event venue in the world. With 11,000 square metres of covered space, it will provide a home to the International Best Practice Exhibition and many leisure and entertainment facilities. For more information, visit the JOWSCO website: www.joburgsummit2002.com

Aspiration and Reality: Building Sustainability
Global research charity the RICS Foundation, in partnership with the Global Alliance for Building Sustainability, is organising a major conference parallel to the Johannesburg Summit for the land, property, construction and development sectors. This conference will take place in Johannesburg from 28-30 August 2002. The objective of the conference programme is to set an agenda that brings about greater opportunities for sustainable developmetnt in these sectors in the future. For more information, visit the conference website at: www.earth-summit.net

Water Dome - No Water, No Future
This event will increase awareness of (a) water as a key issue in sustainable development and (b) the important initiatives that are being launched to solve the worldwide water crisis. The WaterDome will host numerous water-related events surrounding the Johannesburg Summit. It wil involve all stakeholders and will include conferences, workshops, launches of new initiatives, press conferences, side-events and exhibitions related to water issues. Different themes will be addressed each day. For more information, visit www.waterdome.net

Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Development
This Forum is being organised by the South African Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, with collaboration from a number of international partners. The Forum, an umbrella event for a series of colloquia, seminars and workshops, will take place at the Ubuntu Village in Johannesburg while a complementary event, The Science at the Summit Conference, will take place in Pretoria, at the CSIR Conference Centre. The objective of the Forum is to provide a platform for highlighting the critical contributions of science, technology and innovation to sustainable development. The Conference is specifically targeted at making debate at the WSSD accessible to the broader South African S&T community. Attendance at both events is free, but registration / booking is compulsory to allow for event and venue planning. Full details are on the Forum website: www.scienceforum.co.za

Parliamentary Workshop on Clean Air and Clean Water
Parliamentarians for Global Action are organizing a workshop at the Summer Place Hotel, Johannesburg from 29-30 August for parliamentarians to acquire practical skills in drafting and enforcing effective environmental legislation in their countries. The workshop provides an opportunity to share success stories and challenges and serve as a launching point for strategic legislative action. Members of Parliament from over 100 countries are expected to attend, alongside leading environmental experts, NGOs and business leaders to highlight the success of legislation to reduce air and water pollution and illustrate the potential to implement similar acts internationally. For further information, visit www.pgaction.org/wssd/home.html.

JOWSCO have a comprehensive list of over 150 parallel events that will take place at the time of the Summit. For more information click here.

Summit Institute for Sustainable Development (SISD)
The Smithsonian Institution, in collaboration with the South Africa Department of Education, has created the SISD to be held at a school in Sandton, Johannesburg from 26 August–6 September 2002. The SISD is an initiative to mobilise WSSD participants to present formal mini-courses on key Sustainable Development issues that will provide background, tools, and approaches for implementation of sustainable development policies. The Institute will provide a broad range of practical courses, ranging across all of the concerns of Agenda 21 and the Summit's Plan of Implementation. Courses on such issues as environmental decision-making, water resource and watershed management, pesticide handling, children’s health, integrating HIV awareness into the workplace, how to create effective partnerships, are just a few of those proposed for the curriculum. Principle sponsors include the US Environmental Protection Agency, the United Nations Institute for Research and Training (UNITAR), the Stakeholder Forum and IUCN. For more information, email Len Hirsch at: lhirsch@si.edu.

Implementation Conference
The Implementation Conference aims to initiate and strengthen the implementation of sustainable development through the collaborate involvement of stakeholders. The Conference will develop "type 2" partnership initiatives to further the implementation of international agreements in four issue areas: energy, freshwater, food security and health. Outcomes from the Conference will build on good practice and address identified gaps through a multi-stakeholder approach. The objective is for stakeholders to commit to concrete, agreed and owned collaborative action plans aimed at the implementation of sustainable development agreements in the four issue areas. The conference will demonstrate that stakeholders, working in partnership, can play their roles and meet their responsibilities in sustainable development. For more information visit the Implementation Conference website http://www.earthsummit2002.org/ic/.

Indigenous Peoples' International Summit on Sustainable Development
Indigenous peoples from all over the world are gathering in Kimberley, South Africa to hold the Indigenous Peoples' International Summit on Sustainable Development. Set for 20-23 August, 2002, the conference aims to "bring together indigenous peoples from all parts of the world to share their perspectives on sustainable development and their contributions in achieving this." For more information, including the draft agenda, visit http://www.tebtebba.org, send a fax to 27 53 9276925 or e-mail: barendsegriqua@telkomsa.net, tebtebba@skyinet.net or vco@skyinet.net.

International Youth Summit and African Youth Summit
The South African Youth Council will host an African Youth Summit (15-19 August) and an International Youth Summit (19-23 August) at Mogwase in the North West Province of South Africa as part of preparations towards the Civil Society Global Forum. Over 3000 youth delegates from around the world are expected to participate in the International Youth Summit. For more information, send an email to: philmusekwa@union.org.za , or call (+27) 11-403 4110.

Environment Centre
The IUCN Environment Centre, at the Nedcor Bank in Johannesburg, will be hosting an exciting series of events throughout the WSSD. These events are designed to enable discussions on issues of major interest and concern, both feeding into the formal WSSD proceedings and developing new ways of implementing sustainable development. The highlight of each day is a high-level “Futures Dialogue” at lunch time that will feature a small number of provocative and informed speakers to address the key issues for the future on each of ten daily themes. Around these dialogues are morning and afternoon events including round-tables, workshops, book launches, theatre groups, and partnership negotiations. For more information, visit the IUCN website: http://www.iucn.org/wssd/iucn_wssd_profile.htm

Global Judges Symposium
UNEP is convening a Global Judges Symposium on Sustainable Development and the Role of Law in Johannesburg from 18 to 20 August 2002. The Symposium will be hosted by the Chief Justice of South Africa, Rt. Hon. Mr. Justice A. Chaskalson. Chief Justices and other senior judges from approximately 70 countries around the world, -both developing and developed - and representative of the different geographical regions and legal systems are participating in the Symposium. The overall objective of the Symposium is to foster a better-informed and more active judiciary advancing the rule of law in the area of sustainable development. This will be achieved through information sharing and increasing awareness, especially among judges from different regions of the world, and also through follow up activities especially in regard to capacity building of the Judiciary as well governmental and non-governmental stakeholders engaged in promoting the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental law. The outcome of the Symposium will be presented to the Johannesburg Summit. For more information, email: Bakary.Kante@unep.org

Education for a Sustainable Future: Action, commitments and partnerships: organized by UNESCO and the South African Ministry of Education in cooperation with the NGO UNESCO Liaison Committee Johannesburg 2-3 September, Summer Place 2 September: starting at 2.00 pm - 3 September: (all day )
For sustainable development to become a reality, people everywhere must learn to think and act differently. The symposium will serve as a platform to launch various partnership projects with other public, private and intergovernmental players. Participants will include all those likely to take action in favour of sustainable development: representatives of civil society, private companies, other United Nations agencies, health, energy, water, agriculture, education, co-operation, communication and other ministries, as well as heads of state from several Latin American, African and Asian countries. http://portal.unesco.org/ev.php?URL_ID=5473&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201&reload=1030615474

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