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Influential northern NGOs joined hands to demand a "comprehensive strategy" on forests

The UNCED deliberations have to be viewed in the context of northern attempts to maintain hegemony over the rest of the world

The save the planet bazaar does not deserve to be taken seriously

Who should benefit from biotechnology? The South, where the genes originate, or the North, with its massive gene banks? Commercial interests carried the day

THE BIODIVERSITY treaty which was finalised last fortnight has been hailed as a major victory for the South. As the US and France have both pulled out of the treaty, calling it fundamentally

The mother of all summits grabbed a good deal of telecast time recently

An offer of desi ber by a village lad came as a sharp comment on the global politics of biodiversity

While the North has made no commitment to reduce its emissions,, the South commits itself to protect the world's biodiversity

At UNCED the inclustrialised countries do not want any serloys restructuring of their economies or their lifestyles to save the earth. But the Brazil conference will see a major effort to got developing countries to share the burden of change. Des

What will UNCED discuss? Theoretically, everything. But it will focus on: Long-term issues like global warming. National resources in the South like tropical rain forests and conservation of