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Johannesburg Summit 2002 - UN: Official UN site for the World Summit on Sustainable Development. Contains a wealth of information about this event, its background and issues to be discussed.

Johannesburg World Summit Company (JOWSCO): Logistical organisation of the Summit within South Africa is being managed by the Johannesburg World Summit Company (JOWSCO), on behalf of the Government of South. Its website provides practical information about attending the Summit (i.e. accommmodation, travel, visas and summit facilities etc.) and activities at the NGO Forum.

Living Planet Report (WWF): The excellent Living Planet Report is WWF's periodic update on the state of the world's ecosystems - as measured by the Living Planet Index - and the human pressures on them through the consumption of renewable natural resources - as measured by the Ecological Footprint. There is a cause/effect linkage between the two measures.

London Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Waste: The 1996 Protocol to the 1972 London Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Waste and Other Matter aims to control all sources of marine pollution. The London Convention focuses primarily on the dumping at sea of wastes generated on land. It includes a black list of substances for which dumping is prohibited and a grey list for which dumping may be authorised by permit. All other materials can be dumped in the ocean. The 1996 Protocol, when in force, will replace the outmoded 1972 Convention. The revised text embraces strong precautionary language in its general obligations; urges parties to consider the polluter-pays principle; and calls for waste prevention audits to carefully assess alternatives to dumping.

Population Action International (PAI): Population Action International (PAI) is a US-based advocacy group working to strengthen support worldwide for population programs, including family planning and related health services, and to advance educational and economic opportunities, especially for girls and women. Its website contains a wealth of information on various topics, including population, gender, reproductive health, economics and environment. In addition, it has a good collection of publications, links, fact sheets and video material.

Portal to the Johannesburg Summit 2002 International Institute for Sustainable Development.: Useful portal on WSSD containing links to: publications, PrepCom documents, calender of meetings, UN agencies, NGOs and other organisations, and much more.

Post-16 citizenship organisation: The UK-based post-16 citizenship website offers up to date information, staff development tools, teaching and learning materials and access to training - all free of charge to practitioners in England with an interest in post-16 citizenship provision and helping young people develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in society.

Radio Earth Summit - FOE: Created by Friends of the Earth, Radio Earth Summit (RES) provides news, features and interviews with individuals from around the world in the run up to - and during - the Summit. RES will broadcast on-line throughout the Summit, providing news and comment - with updates and more interviews added to the site everyday. Messages so far include a hard-hitting interview with the internationally-renowned anti-dam campaigner and Booker prize-winning author Arundhati Roy, a message of support from Radiohead lead singer Thom Yorke, and Ricardo Navarro of Friends of the Earth International talking about the impact of corporations in El Salvador. All audio from the site is downloadable and can be broadcast copyright free.

Rotterdam Convention: The Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade alerts governments as to what chemicals are banned or severely restricted, by which countries, and for what reasons. The cornerstone of the treaty, prior informed consent, enables Parties to review basic health and environmental data on specified chemicals and to permit or refuse any incoming shipments of those chemicals. The official website contains and Overview to the treaty, the text of the treaty, signatories, related meetings and documents, and more.

Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs): The Stockholm Convention is a global treaty to protect human health and the environment from persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Translated into a number languages the official website contains the text of the treaty, a list of its signatories, background information on POPs, a calender of events, links, and more.

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