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Summit agenda 'hijacked' says development group

9 August 2002 - Earth summit agenda 'hijacked' - Big business is wielding its influence to water down plans for tighter regulation, says aid group.

The earth summit has been hijacked by big business and the original goals of enhancing the lives of the world's poor are fast disappearing, according to research by an aid agency seen by the Guardian.

Christian Aid has launched a blistering attack on the business community in the lead-up to the world summit on sustainable development, which opens in Johannesburg on August 26.

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