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From the World Health Organization
July 10, 2002

Health: A Pathway to Sustainable Development

JAMA. 2002;288(2):156. doi:10.1001/jama.288.2.156

At the end of August, world leaders will meet in Johannesburg to assess what has been achieved in the 10 years since the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro (also known as the UN Conference on Environment and Development) and to set out a plan for the future.

We have seen some significant progress on environmental issues, including new global conventions, reduced pollution in many countries, and greater awareness of the value and importance of sound environmental policies. A legal international framework for environmental protection is slowly but surely being built.