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Progress to be proud of - putting planet and people first

Dr Camilla Toulmin. Director IIED
23 July 2012

"The fact is that to fully address the needs of the poor, we will have to rein in overconsumption, iron out inequalities within and between nations and learn to share nature’s wealth on this single planet."

Event Synopsis: Where next for sustainable development after Rio+20?

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There was a broad consensus among the panel that Rio+20 had failed to deliver the sort of breakthrough many had hoped for. Andrew took the opportunity to remind the audience of environmental NGOs and academics that there is plenty of Development Progress at a national level and that we shouldn’t let despondency with multi-lateralism obscure that fact. The discussion also raised interesting questions about the role of international conferences in enabling progress and the potential for major cities to become policy innovators.

You can see the live tweets from the event by following the @dps_development twitter handle.



4 July 2012


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