In 1992, the world moved several steps towards globalisation. But little attention was paid to the sharp economic, social and cultural divides. The rich world, troubled by recession, did not show much courage in dealing with them as it, too, began to feel

Against a background of worldwide recession, the Rio conference came and went with many promises of aid by the Northern countries. But by the end of the year, nobody remembered those promises or the problems of the South. Even doughty donors like the Scan

LEADERS of developing countries today find in environment a cause of great worldwide concern -- a concern that is steadily growing in their own countries and one that already has deep roots in the

The glitz at UNCED was very impressive over 100 heads of government gathered together to thrash out environment politics. But the results were disappointing

UNCED has thrown into sharp focus all matters environmental international industry, quick to Catch on to now trends, has started branding its technologies environment friendly and in some cases, started looking for less wasteful ways

• THIS IS how the paragraph in Agenda 21 text came to Rio: "To facilitate and support the effective implementation of the non-legally binding authoritative statement of principles for a

USA is pushing big dollars to unravel the mystery of the earth's climate

A statement presented by southern NGOs in Rio

For many southern groups, the greater cause at Rio was to align with their governments against the West's "green imperialism"

The NISGA: are fighting with the British Columbian government to be recognised as a community. They came to Rio to "tell the world about their problems"