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Monday, 5 August, 2002, 05:38 GMT 06:38 UK
Summit 'shadow' for first minister
Robin Harper
Robin Harper will be shadowing Mr McConnell
Scotland's only Green MSP has promised to "keep a beady eye" on the country's first minister at the world summit in South Africa.

Robin Harper said he would be attending the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) to "shadow" First Minister Jack McConnell.

The event is being held in Johannesburg between 26 August and 4 September.


I'm hoping the summit will be a wake-up call to governments

Robin Harper
Green MSP
Mr McConnell will represent Scotland at the gathering, which will bring together tens of thousands of participants.

The summit marks the 10th anniversary of the first world summit on the environment, which was held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.

Mr Harper, a list MSP for the Lothians, said: "This is the most important event for the future of the planet there has ever been.

"I feel it is important to be there to represent the 85,000 Scots who voted Green at the last election and to keep a beady eye on the executive delegation."

He said he was disappointed at the "slow progress" on tackling environmental issues in Scotland and the UK.

"I'm hoping the summit will be a wake-up call to governments," said Mr Harper.

"They seem to think they can get away with business as usual as the global environment collapses about us."

See also:

30 Jul 02 | Science/Nature
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07 Jun 02 | Science/Nature
18 Feb 02 | Scotland
24 Jan 02 | Scotland
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