World Summit in Jo'burg

As Trimble confirms his attendence at the WSSD comment has been slow to gather about this major world event in Ireland, North or South. The Belfast Telegraph gave editorial space to it to today:

“With Northern Ireland rapidly running out of landfill capacity such questions suddenly seem pertinent. The mountains of redundant fridges are the tip of an environmental iceberg.”

Even those who are going to take a ringside at the biggest event since a similar summit in Rio ten years ago, The Irish Times outlines some dissent within the 50 strong Irish contingent:

“The Irish delegation includes representatives of some of the principal environment and development groups which last week denounced Ireland’s record on sustainable development; they are already complaining that they have been sidelined in the summit negotiations.”

A case of, as the Daily Summit weblog quotes from Jack Freeman:

“They have won the right to speak, the right to be heard, the right to have their message delivered, not only to the summit delegates but, through the media, to the world at large. But that doesn’t mean that the government delegates, or anybody else, have to pay attention to what they are saying.”

Otherwise, despite a busy schedule, there is not much interest as yet in Northern Ireland.


Discover more from Slugger O'Toole

Subscribe to get the latest posts to your email.

We are reader supported. Donate to keep Slugger lit!

For over 20 years, Slugger has been an independent place for debate and new ideas. We have published over 40,000 posts and over one and a half million comments on the site. Each month we have over 70,000 readers. All this we have accomplished with only volunteers we have never had any paid staff.

Slugger does not receive any funding, and we respect our readers, so we will never run intrusive ads or sponsored posts. Instead, we are reader-supported. Help us keep Slugger independent by becoming a friend of Slugger. While we run a tight ship and no one gets paid to write, we need money to help us cover our costs.

If you like what we do, we are asking you to consider giving a monthly donation of any amount, or you can give a one-off donation. Any amount is appreciated.