UN “Rio + 20” preparations under way

Earth DayPreparations have begun at the United Nations for the global sustainable development summit to be held in Brazil in 2012, with the “Rio + 20” summit to mark the 20th anniversary of the “Earth Summit” in Rio de Janeiro which was held 20 years after the 1972 environmental conference in Stockholm.  International relations Professors Adil Najam, director of the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, and Henrik Selin, a research fellow at the Center, write in a New Strait Times commentary that sustainable development is the key to a “Rio + 20” agreement.

“They should seek to craft a global new deal for sustainable development; a deal that could finally help bridge the North-South divide by tackling poverty as well as over-consumption, environmental degradation as well as social justice, and greenness of the economy along with sustainable livelihoods.”

Contact Adil Najam, 617-358-4000, anajam@bu.edu; Henrik Selin, 617-358-2590, selin@bu.edu

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