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World Summit ends with mixed feelings
by John Rowley

The UN World Summit, which ended at the weekend with the adoption of a formal document, has disappointed many non-government groups. Christian Aid said �the UN has failed the world�s poorest people by watering down pledges on key development issues�. Friends of the Earth criticised the summit for failing to agree any firm action on climate change. But others took hope from new global commitments. ... more

G8 leaders fail to lead

by John Madeley

The eight top world leaders who went to Gleneagles in July for the G8 summit achieved very little by meeting together. ... more

G8: hope for Africa but gloom over climate
by Ewen MacAskill, Patrick Wintour and Larry Elliott

The world's wealthiest countries yesterday signed the biggest aid deal in history for Africa, a package Tony Blair said he hoped would "lift the shadow of terrorism". ... more

Focus on Africa at G8 summit
Africa and climate change will be centre-stage at the annual summit of the world's eight most powerful leaders, when they meet at Gleneagles in Scotland, from July 6-8. This special report is by John Madeley. ... more

Poor progress in efforts to curb child deaths
The World Bank has warned that progress is lagging in a United Nations campaign to reduce child deaths and expand educational opportunities by 2015, and has called on rich countries to come up with additional financial aid. ... more

Women chart environmental agenda
Urgent investigation into the impact of toxic chemicals on women and girls was one of a number of recommendations made today at the close of a landmark UN Environnment Programme (UNEP) conference on Women and the Environment in Nairobi. ... more

New global effort to tackle water and sanitation crisis
A group of high-level experts have been appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan to ensure that the world stays on track to meet the UN development targets on water and sanitation. ... more

Terrorism, Iraq saps energy from sustainable development
The attention of high level politicians has been diverted from sustainable development by "the recent emphasis given to terrorism, weapons of mass destruction, and the war in Iraq," United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan has warned. ... more

EU governments ' breaking pledge to poorest'
EU governments are blocking the spending of a 1 billion euro fund that could be used to bring fresh water and sanitation to millions of the world's poor, a British Member of the European Parliament claims. ... more

Water top of the agenda for post-Summit action
The follow-up to the Johannesburg Summit will focus on water, sanitation and human settlements for the first two years, decided the Commission on Sustainable Development at the end of its annual meeting. ... more

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