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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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A state of change: Development policy and the climate challenge

The previous chapters have suggested that there are alternative climate-friendly development pathways that steer clear of the carbon-intensive technologies that have driven the modern growth process. The present chapter considers the policies that might be necessary at the national level to support what amounts to a new industrial revolution in developing countries.

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