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The online forum was held in November 2001 and is now closed. We have compiled the "Think Pieces" and key contributions into a documentation that is available for download here.

"One is tempted to say that we must now focus all our energies on the struggle against terrorism, and on directly related issues. Yet if we should do so, we will be giving the terrorists a victory of a kind. Let us remember that none of the issues that faced us on 10 September has become less urgent. The number of people living on less than one dollar a day has not decreased. The numbers dying of HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and other preventable diseases have not decreased. The factors that cause the desert to advance, biodiversity to be lost, and the Earth's atmosphere to warm have not decreased." UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to the UN General Assembly, November 2001. Complete text of Annan's statement ]

The terrorist attacks of September 11 seem to have changed world politics dramatically. New and unexpected alliances are forged, the priorities of governments are reassessed, public attention is focused on the threat of terrorism. A global "war against terrorism" seems to be unleashed, that is geared to stay with us the coming years.

What do these developments mean for the road to the World Summit on Sustainable Development? September 11 and its aftermath pose a whole set of new questions:

+ Will the shock create a new climate of international co-operation between North and South, East and West, thus creating a fertile ground for a new, "global deal"?

+ Will the terrorist attacks shift media attention, and priorities of governments away from the issues of poverty, environmental degradation and globalisation that are the centre of the Johannesburg agenda? Will the climate of an unfolding "global civil war" ultimately lead to the failure of Johannesburg 2002, symbol of global co-operation?

+ Does the Johannesburg agenda need a re-framing, for example in terms of (environmental) security or the provision of global common goods, peace being one of them?

+ Johannesburg was partly conceived as a global response to the challenges of globalisation. How will the globalisation debate and the anti-globalisation movement be affected by the recent developments?

+ How can civil society engaged in the preparations towards Johannesburg 2002 react on the new developments? What are strategies to make the World Summit a success under these new circumstances?

The Heinrich-Bll-Foundation and Stakeholder Form, both organisations active in the Johannesburg process, joined forces to create a space for a global debate on these questions. We wished to contribute to create a common understanding on the significance of the recent developments for the Johannesburg process. During six days in November 2001, the forum was held here to discuss the implications of September 11 on the Johannesburg process. We had invited eminent intellectuals from all over the globe to contribute short opinion articles as Think Pieces to start the debate.

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Summarising Impressions by Forum Moderator Jasmin Enayati ]


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September 11th and Transatlantic Relations: Defining Moment or Dj Vu? / New Accents in Transatlantic Relations; paper by Julianne Smith; published by the Heinrich Boell foundation Washington Office -- pdf; 25 pages ]

Von Rio nach Johannesburg mit einem Umweg nach New York, 11. September 2001. Keine Sicherheit ohne Gerechtigkeit; by Wolfgang Sachs, Wuppertal Institute and Co-ordinator of the Meomrandum Group -- german, pdf; 28 pages ]

[ September 11 attacks weigh on Earth Summit plans; PlanetArk Newsstory ]

Clusters of Crisis and a Planetary Contract; by Susan George; in: ATTAC Newsletter 105 ]

Desperately Wanted: Global Governance and Global Sustainability; a personal view by Anselm Grres, President of the German EcoTax Association; October 2001 ]

State of the World Forum, Response to September 11 by Jim Garrison ]

Wehre Do We Go From Here? Pondering the future of Our Movement; by Joshua Karliner, CorpWatch, October 2001 -- rtf; 9 pages ]

Energy After September 11: A Commentary; by Seth Dunn, Worldwatch Institute Article ]

A New Marshall Plan? Advancing Human Security and Controlling Terrorism; Worldwatch Institute News Release ]

Resolution of the African WSSD Civil Society Group on Global Security after the Attack on America: An African Perspective -- rtf; 2 pages ]

Greenpeace International Executive Director, Gerd Leipold, statement on a new global security ]

Preventing War and Global Recession: Change Globalization to a Win-Win Game; by Hazel Henderson ]

Mr. Bush's Win-Win Option; by Hazel Henderson ]

Planet Ark News Story: South Africa is "steaming ahead" with preparations to host a gargantuan world summit on the environment next year despite the fallout since last month's attacks on the United States, organisers said yesterday. ]

Planet Ark News Story: Britain's environment minister said he hoped the United States would embrace global treaties such as the Kyoto climate pact in the new diplomatic atmosphere created by the attacks on its soil. ]

Planet Ark Newsstory: Environmental initiatives could be another casualty of the Sept. 11 attacks on America, Latin American officials warned this week. ]

Protecting the Environment is a Prerequisite for Peace; Friends of the Earth International Statement ]


L A S T  U P D A T E D  12-jun-02