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June 19, 2002

News Service Launches Article Series in Preparation for Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development

(CSRwire) Brattleboro, VT - SocialFunds.com recently released the first two articles in a multi-part series on sustainable development written from an investor’s perspective. The intent is to prepare investors, companies, government officials, nonprofit groups, academics, and media for the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development taking place from August 26 to September 4.

Articles in the series will be published on Fridays. The first two installments, entitled A Brief History of the Earth Summits - From Stockholm to Rio and A Brief History of the Earth Summits - From Rio to Johannesburg, examine the significant events, theories, and people that contributed to the first three global summits on human interaction with the environment. The articles can be accessed at www.SocialFunds.com
where readers can also sign up to receive the articles directly through weekly news alerts. Subsequent articles will cover topics such as the five areas in which UN Secretary General Kofi Annan believes the Summit can achieve concrete results: water and sanitation, energy, health, agriculture, and biodiversity.

The World Summit on Sustainable Development will bring together leaders from government, business, and nongovernmental organizations to discuss and direct efforts toward reconciling economic growth with the conservation of natural resources. The action plans created at the Summit will be of interest to investors, consumers, and the public at large.

"The World Summit on Sustainable Development is an important event to help further address critical global issues. I am pleased at the extensive coverage that SocialFunds is devoting to the Summit in an effort to raise awareness about issues of sustainable velopment," said Jonathan Cohen, manager of the council of organizations, United Nations Association of the USA.

SocialFunds.com is a service of SRI World Group, Inc., which also operates InstitutionalShareowner.com and CSRwire.com. SocialFunds.com is the most comprehensive personal finance site on the Internet devoted to socially responsible investing. In addition to daily news stories, SocialFunds offers social mutual fund performance statistics, social and environmental research on over 1800 companies, updates on shareowner actions, and community investment information.
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