They have set the stage for the further indebtedness and impoverishment of the world’s poor nations. We demanded the redistribution of land in favour of poor farmers and the landless.The Sandton summit has failed to commit the rich of the world to a redistribution of land, and has thereby chosen to condemn billions of the world’s poor to a life of misery and degradation.
By endorsing neolibelarism, the Sandton summit further entrenches the oppression and impoverishment of women all over the world. We demanded freedom for Palestine, and an end to Israeli genocide and occupation.
The Sandton summit has betrayed the people of Palestine, and has sent a signal to Israel that occupation and genocide are acceptable as long as you have the protection of the rich and the powerful. We demanded a stop to the implementation of NEPAD, and pointed out the dangers it holds for the continent.
The Social Movements Indaba, together with many social movements from all over the world, hereby declare that: The World Summit on Sustainable Development, held in the super-rich suburb of Sandton, Johannesburg, has come and gone.
The world’s poor, and the earth’s deteriorating environment have benefited nothing from the Summit.
The failure to redistribute land also accelerates the degradation on land and the environment currently underway. We demanded affordable health services for all working people.
Neoliberalism is the single most important cause of the deterioration of the world’s health systems.On Saturday 31 August 2002 the Social Movements Indaba, the Landless People’s Movement and many other social movements from all over the world marched under the banner of ’Social Movements United’ and raised the alarm about the impending failure of the WSSD. The WSSD has failed the world’s working people and the earth Since the Earth Summit in Rio in 1992 we have seen the accelerated impoverishment of the majority of the people of the world, and the devastation of the environment.Capitalism, neoliberalism and globalisation are the three most important causes of the failure of the Rio promises.Their continuing commitment to neoliberal globalisation is a declaration of war on working people and on the earth’s environment. The Sandton (Johannesburg) Summit has failed to respond to the demands of the social movements When we marched in our thousands to Sandton on 31 August, and in the many campaigns and struggles we have waged in our communities over many years, we put forth clear demands.The world’s political leaders and the most powerful capitalists in the world have failed to respond to our demands. That the world condemns the government of the United State for its policy of impoverishment, environmental destruction and war.By failing to tackle the root causes of the collapse of the world’s health systems, the Sandton summit has paved the way for a further collapse of health systems, and to a further spread of disease and poverty. We demanded decent and affordable housing, and an end to evictions.