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Johannesburg Summit

Volume 409: debated on Friday 18 July 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what progress her Department has made in meeting the outcomes of the Earth Summit in Johannesburg. [126360]

The Department leads on a number of the commitments made at last year's World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD)—international biodiversity, chemicals management, marine issues, fisheries, agriculture, and sustainable consumption and production patterns. The full set of main commitments was set out in the Government's Memorandum to the Environmental Audit Committee in February 2003. copies of which are in the House Library. We will be presenting an overview of progress across Government to mark the anniversary of WSSD, In the meantime, a summary list of progress against the commitments on which Defra leads is attached to the paper on WSSD follow-up, tabled at the 14 July 2003 meeting of the Sustainable Development Task Force. This document is available at: