Governments Must Stop Short-Term Outlook, Warns UN Development Head
Helen Clark says that 20 years on from Rio Earth summit, sustainable development is still not mainstream policy.
A lack of political will has meant the sustainable development ambitions of the Rio Earth summit two decades ago have not made enough progress, the head of the UN’s development programme has warned.
Speaking two months before Rio+20, the former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark said sustainable development had not been made mainstream in policy because governments considered the short-term outcomes too politically risky.
But the urgency of the problem means people will have to act soon, she told an audience at a lecture at Cambridge university: “There is broad agreement that, without urgent action, the world will move beyond what scientists have termed its ‘planetary boundaries’.
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