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BBC WORLD SUMMIT COVERAGE (article first published : 2002-08-26)

BBC World, the BBC's 24-hour international news and information channel, is dedicating a large portion of its schedule in August and early September to special programming and news reports related to The World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg.

From in-depth analysis of the issues under discussion in Johannesburg to feature reports illustrating good and bad practice in sustainable development and business news offering a corporate dimension, BBC World will be bringing the full picture to viewers in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

Commenting on the line-up of environmental programmes in the coming weeks, Rachel Attwell, the BBC's Deputy Head of Television News said; "Environmental issues have always been an important part of the BBC World schedule with programmes like Earth Report well established on the channel.

“However, an event of such global significance as the World Summit in Johannesburg offers BBC World an opportunity to showcase the great breadth of programmes and extensive news coverage we can offer. With a business, environmental and political angle to everything that happens at the Summit, we expect to have something for everyone."

In addition to BBC World's daily news coverage during the World Summit, the channel has commissioned a series of news features and programmes. News presenter Nisha Pillai will be co-hosting a two-part debate Earth Summit: The Debate filmed at the UNESCO heritage site, the Cradle of Humankind, in the hills outside Johannesburg. Together with Bill Moyers of PBS America, Nisha Pillai will lead the discussion between a panel of distinguished world leaders and campaigners from all sides of the debate.

The regular BBC World programme Earth Report is also featuring a series of specials dedicated to the summit. The Children of Rio will look at the lives of some children all over the world ten years on from the last Summit in Brazil and I Wish offers a unique look at what 21 people from a cross section of global society wish the World Summit would achieve.

The popular interview show HARDtalk with Tim Sebastian will run a special week of interviews starting on August 26 with Claudia Sheinbaum, the Mexico City Environment Minister. The monthly magazine show Africa Direct will offer a local African environmental perspective when it airs on August 28.

The three-part documentary series State of the Planet presented by David Attenborough attempts to answer some of the big questions about the planet, assessing the gravity of the environmental crisis and asking what lies ahead at this point in human history.

Developing World is a magazine series which takes viewers from Armenia to Zanzibar, Nepal to Peru showing what is possible when people work together, while Life is a five-part award-winning series looking at how the newly globalised world economy is affecting ordinary people across the planet.




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