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    SG/SM/8356
    AFR/466
    ENV/DEV/691
    4 September 2002

    WORLD SUMMIT MUST SET HUMANKIND ON NEW PATH TO ENSURE SECURITY,
    SURVIVAL OF PLANET SECRETARY-GENERAL SAYS

    NEW YORK, 3 September (UN Headquarters) -- Following is the text by Secretary-General Kofi Annan for a plaque at the "Cradle of Humankind", Sterkfontein Caves, South Africa, 1 September:

    The lives our distant ancestors led here millions of years ago hold a clear lesson for us today. While their footprints on nature were small, ours have become dangerously large. The World Summit on Sustainable Development of 2002 must set humankind on a new path that will ensure the security and survival of the planet for succeeding generations.

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