From the UNDP Arab States website, here is my contribution to the Rio+20 preparations
‘Green Economy’ is not the pathway | Rania ElMasri
Soon, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development will convene – with the goal of defining “a sustainable development pathway that leads to a future in which the whole global population can enjoy a decent standard of living whilst preserving our ecosystems and natural resources.”
In the 20 years since the first Rio conference, environmental institutions and environmental ministries have increased in number – while the environmental crisis has deepened and widened. Alongside the global environmental crisis is the economic crisis – seen in the growing national, regional, and global inequalities. Of course, the environmental crisis worsens the economic crisis, since a healthy economy cannot be built upon an unhealthy environment.
Now, green economy is presented as a solution, built on what is economically permissible rather…
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