UN Panel on Global Sustainability

In August 2010, the U.N. Secretary General set up a “High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability,” to formulate a “new vision for sustainable growth and prosperity” for the world. Co-chaired by the Presidents of Finland and South Africa, the panel submitted its detailed report in January 2012. The report is under consideration in the Secretary General’s office, and will be a key input to the upcoming U.N. Conference on Sustainable Development (the so-called ‘Rio+20′ event coming up in June in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil). But how “new” is the panel’s new vision, and how much does it break away from the current model of development that is clearly leading humanity towards massive ecological, social, and economic breakdown? Read more

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