- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 20, 2002

CRAWFORD, Texas President Bush announced yesterday that he would not attend the U.N. Earth summit in Johannesburg later this month and would send Secretary of State Colin L. Powell instead.
"Poverty remains a huge and urgent global problem that demands action by the entire world community. We will stand together in Johannesburg to bring our full support to this important battle," Mr. Bush said in a statement.
The gathering, formally known as the U.N. World Summit on Sustainable Development, is scheduled to run from Aug. 26 to Sept. 4.
Mr. Powell will leave Washington on Sept. 2 and attend the last two days of the summit, the State Department said.
The Bush statement said Mr. Powell will lead a delegation including Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Christie Whitman; James Connaughton, chairman of the Council on Environmental Quality; U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Andrew Natsios; and Undersecretary of State Paula Dobriansky.
They will bring "concrete and practical proposals" for "key development priorities clean water, modern energy, good health and productive agriculture that can lead us to a world without poverty," Mr. Bush said.
The president also said the summit had a unique opportunity to embrace his vision of tying development aid to democratic and market-oriented reforms by recipient nations.
"This new approach is based on shared accountability among developed and developing nations," he said as he enjoyed a monthlong "working vacation" at his nearby Prairie Chapel ranch.
As part of the trip, Mr. Powell also will visit two other African countries Angola and Gabon before returning Sept. 6 to Washington, the State Department said in a statement.

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