Firm to declare, weak to agree and act

Ubuntu Village, the NGO Forum at Nasrec, the new Water Dome and several other sites together seem to form a marvellous world?s fair on sustainable development. At all these sites you find attractive displays and astonishing information, with many dedicated groups doing helpful things and making a difference from the ground up. Such an international array of local creativity, entrepreneurship and participation is truly inspiring. A little group from Zimbabwe, for example, demonstrated an inventive water-pump made out of an old tyre and other bits and pieces. The increasing comprehension and even collaboration between businesses and NGOs, between ?private sector? and ?civil society,? are a truly positive sign and, some would say, the only real hope.