Minister for Environment and Natural Resources J.
Sambu said that developing countries need new and additional
financial resources to implement Agenda 21. Poverty is linked to
the debt problem and is both a cause and an effect of environmental
degradation. Overcoming obstacles to meaningful economic growth,
including punitive environmental conditionalities attached to
structural adjustment programmes, is a prerequisite for the
successful implementation of Agenda 21. GEF restructuring must give
greater empowerment to the South.