Publication: “Sustainable Development in an Unequal World: How Do We Really Get ‘The Future We Want’?”

Edited by Werner Puschra and Sara Burke; Contributions by Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Michelle Bachelet, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Sharan Burrow, Ángel Gurría, H. E. Enrique Castillo Barrantes, Anthony Lake, Mary Robinson
FES International Policy Analysis
, September 2012

“Is there something wrong with us as human beings that we can’t see we need a newparadigm of development?”  This was a question that Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and head of Climate Justice, posed during the Rio+20 Summit.  This publication of speeches delivered at Rio+20 presents a strongly unified message from world leaders past and present that not only does environmental justice require social justice, which cannot be achieved without greater equality of income and wealth between and within countries, but even more emphatically, without serious and urgent progress toward environmental, social and economic justice, we face a growing crisis of democracy.

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