World Summit ends in disappointment
- By: Mirza Muminovic
While leaving the World Summit on sustainable development in Johannesburg, many delegates were not sure if it had been worth the effort. Disappointment was voiced at the failure to set targets for increase in the use of renewable energy as the United States and some oil producing countries blocked the move, but they welcomed new targets on sanitation in developing countries and a promise to restore global fish stocks.
Although they agreed to help the poor gain access to affordable energy, the summit couldn't agree specific goals to boost the share of global energy that comes from renewable sources such as solar or wind power. Currently, nearly 80% of the world's energy comes from fossil fuels (oil, coal, and gas), 7% from nuclear power, and only 2% comes from clean renewable resources (wind, sun, and waves).
Delegates from 30 government delegations, including all 15 member states of the European Union,