Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Sustainable Development Reports Released

28 August 2002

Sustainable Development Reports Released

Prime Minister Helen Clark and Environment Minister Marian Hobbs today released two government reports related to the government’s attendance at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

- Towards Sustainable Development in New Zealand is the government’s response to the United Nations on Agenda 21 which was adopted at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992; and
- The Government's Approach to Sustainable Development outlining the government’s present approach to sustainable development as a step towards a New Zealand Sustainable Development Strategy.

Helen Clark said the government is committed to ensuring that New Zealand is at the forefront of international efforts to be economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.

“The central issue is how we achieve sustainable economic growth in a manner which enables us to improve the wellbeing of all our peoples without compromising the quality of the environment.

“We have taken many important steps – such as the decisions to end logging in state-owned indigenous forests and to ratify the Kyoto Protocol, as well as many other social, environmental and economic initiatives – but more needs to be done.

“The reports outline the government's present approach to sustainable development and describes a wide range of activities already underway across the government sector.

"The World Summit on Sustainable Development will help show us where New Zealand stands compared to other countries. After the summit we will review whether there are new issues which New Zealand needs to address," Helen Clark said.

Environment Minister Marian Hobbs is currently in South Africa leading New Zealand's delegation to the Johannesburg summit.

"We will consider the Johannesburg Programme of Action and its implications for New Zealand as we continue to develop the strategy," Marian Hobbs said.

"An important part of this process will be public consultation, giving everyone the opportunity to comment and contribute ideas."

Helen Clark will lead the delegation from September 2 when she attends the summit's ‘High Level Segment’ involving heads of state or government. She will participate in a roundtable discussion convened by the UN Environment Programme and chaired by President Chirac of France.

The reports are available on:


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Perils Of Declaring Premature Victory

Sure enough, Saturday’s Vaxathon was a barrel of fun and a throwback not merely to the Telethons of the past. It also revived memories of those distant days of early 2020, when we were all carefully wiping down our groceries, not touching our faces, washing our hands for 20 seconds and responding to level four lockdowns by putting teddy bears in the window for the benefit of the little kids walking by in their family bubbles. Those were the days, when the Team of Five Million felt like a real, organic thing... More>>

RNZ: Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announces Cabinet decision on Covid-19 alert levels

Northland will move to level 2 at 11.59pm on 19 October. Waikato will be held at level 3, to be reviewed on Friday. Auckland will remain in level 3 with current restrictions for another two weeks... More>>



Economy: Inflation highest in over a decade
The consumers price index rose 2.2 percent in the September 2021 quarter, the biggest quarterly movement since a 2.3 percent rise in the December 2010 quarter, Stats NZ said today. Excluding quarters impacted by increases to GST rates, the September quarter movement was the highest since the June 1987 quarter... More>>


Government: New Zealand Increases Climate Aid Contribution

The Government is making a four-fold increase in the support it provides to countries most vulnerable to the climate emergency, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced today... More>>

Government: Opportunity To Shape NZ’s First Emissions Reduction Plan
The Government is inviting New Zealanders to inform the country’s first Emissions Reduction Plan with the release of a consultation document containing a range of policy ideas to decrease the country’s emissions, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced today... More>>


CPay Cheque To Pay Cheque: Half A Million New Zealanders Have No Savings
New findings from the Consumer NZ sentiment tracker found that 15% of New Zealanders had no savings, and a further 27% were anxious about their level of savings and would like to have more tucked away... More>>

Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>

Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>




InfoPages News Channels