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Compacts for equality

Towards a sustainable future

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Compacts for Equality: Towards a Sustainable Future is presented by ECLAC to the States members at the thirty-fifth session of the Commission (Lima, 5 - 9 May 2014). In this third volume, the aim of equality dovetails with development that is more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable in the medium and long terms in Latin America and the Caribbean. This new proposal firmly embraces the gender perspective, natural resource governance and the dynamics of labour and consumption, and advocates medium- and long-term social covenants, engaging a broad range of actors in the exercise of citizenship, as a condition for successful development.

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Development style and environmental sustainability: An unsolved equation

The equality perspective advocated by ECLAC includes ecosystem and environmental stewardship that can sustain the development of future generations. In this approach, it is crucial to take account of the environmental dimension of sustainable development and, in so doing, to pay particular attention to how existing patterns of production and consumption could affect the quality of life in the future. If a deteriorating quality of life is the price that future generations end up paying for the economic, social and environmental decisions of present generations, this amounts to frank disregard for their rights.

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