World economic and social survey 2013

Sustainable development challenges

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The 2015 deadline to meet the targets of the Millennium Development Goals is fast approaching. There has been significant progress, but it is uneven. Meanwhile the context within which development goals are pursued has become much more challenging, visible in the recent food, fuel and financial crisis. Environmental degradation, demographic changes and persistent inequalities further threaten progress. This publication will discuss new directions and policies at the national and international level to achieve transformative change and sustainable development post-2015.



Strategies for development and transformation

While technology will play an important role in the transition to sustainable consumption, conscious efforts will still have to be made to move away from more resource-intensive to less resource-intensive consumption, from a private to a public mode of consumption, from use of non-biodegradable to use of natural and biodegradable material, and from unequal to more equitable consumption.


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