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Keeping Tabs on Rio+10 Summit
The World Summit on Sustainable Development taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, Aug 26-Sep 4, is the scenario of debates of planet-wide importance. And those who do not have the chance to attend in person can use the Internet to keep informed about the event.
The existence of the Internet allows an unprecedented level of access to the unfolding of the Johannesburg Summit. Anyone interested in the subject no longer depends on local or major media news providers, but can turn to direct, specialized sources of information or to headline search systems that cover a broad range of media outlets.
This new access to information creates a radically different situation than that of the United Nations-sponsored Conference on the Environment and Development, held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992, when the worldwide web was only in its nascent stages.
The Johannesburg Summit, also known as Rio+10, has its own official site, which provides news and is updated constantly.
The content of that web site are complemented by a system that allows Internet users to obtain news and other sources related to the conference through Johannesburg Live!
Meanwhile, the Johannesburg World Summit Company, which is in charge of the mega-meeting's logistics, has its own news center.
The conference, of course, is being covered by specialized media like Linkages, of the International Institute for Sustainable Development, and by a special edition of Tierramérica itself, and its executor agency, Inter Press Service.
The World Summit on Sustainable Development has drawn tens of thousands of delegates and over a hundred heads of state. In other words, it is a newsworthy event!