The World Summit on Sustainable Development

The Johannesburg Conference

  • Luc Hens
  • Bhaskar Nath

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. L. Hens, B. Nath
    Pages 1-33
  3. Francine Mestrum
    Pages 35-55
  4. Dennis D. Mwanza
    Pages 91-111
  5. Alex G. Stewart, Ewan Wilkinson, C. Vyvyan Howard
    Pages 151-181
  6. Alpina Begossi, Fernando Dias de Ávila-Pires
    Pages 223-239
  7. Robert Whitfield
    Pages 347-372
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 395-421

About this book


The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), held in Johannesburg, South Africa, was the fourth major conference on the environment and sustainable development in a period of thirty years.The conference came at a moment when most of the indicators of sustainable development in industrialised countries reached historical depths, in particular, biodiversity indicators and sustainable patterns of production and consumption. A credible and objective evaluation of globalisation’s costs and benefits is proving to be difficult. Poverty remains the world’s most serious problem in attaining sustainable development.

This book provides an overview of the most important issues as they are dealt with in the WSSD’s Plan of Implementation. It addresses the science behind the discussions on poverty, production and consumption patterns, water, energy, Small Island Developing States, sustainability issues in Central/Eastern Europe and Latin America, and the role of the financial world in the sustainable development of education, science and research.

The book offers a unique framework to follow up and evaluate the progressing international discussion on sustainable development. It is essential background reading for all those interested and involved in this discussion: policy-makers, researchers, students and experts.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Luc Hens
    • 1
  • Bhaskar Nath
    • 2
  1. 1.Vrije UniversiteitBrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.European Centre for Pollution ResearchLondonUK

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