World Economic and Social Survey 2009

Promoting Development, Saving the Planet

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The separation in practice of climate change and development agendas has distorted the global debate on the two biggest policy challenges facing the international community. According to the Survey, an integrated approach based on the concept of sustainable development is urgently needed. It argues that mitigation and adaptation can move forward effectively only if they are part of a consistent development strategy built around a massive investment-led transformation along low-emissions, high-growth paths. The Survey also contends that a critical role must be played by developmental States able to mobilize public finance and build appropriate technological capacity.

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The World Economic and Social Survey is the annual flagship publication on major development issues prepared by Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the United Nations Secretariat (UN/DESA). This year’s Survey was prepared under the general supervision and leadership of Rob Vos, Director of the Development Policy and Analysis Division (DPAD) of UN-DESA. Richard Kozul-Wright led the team that prepared the report. The core team at DPAD included Imran Ahmad, Piergiuseppe Fortunato, Nazrul Islam, Alex Julca, Oliver Paddison and Mariangela Parra. Alex Izurieta, also of DPAD, provided the model simulations presented in chapters I and IV. Important guidance for the overall analysis was provided by Tariq Banuri of the Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of UN-DESA, who, together with David O’Connor, Chantal Line Carpentier and Fred Soltau, provided the principal inputs to chapters II and V of the report. Manuel Montes and Frank Schroeder of the Financing for Development Office of UN-DESA provided principal inputs to chapter VI. Jan McAlpine and Barbara Tavora-Jainchill of the secretariat of the United Nations Forum on Forests provided inputs to chapters III and VI.

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