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SEI Senior Research Fellow Bo Kjellén, who led the Swedish delegation to the original Rio Conference, in 1992, takes a long view of Rio+20 and argues that while it may seem like nothing of substance was achieved, “this is a cumulative process”, and Rio+20 will make a difference.
There are certainly doubts and controversies around the concept of a green economy; but out in the real world, initiatives from Rio will have an impact and change the reality of economic policy that will create jobs and improve living conditions.
Changes in international institutions may seem far removed from real life, but in a globalized world, the effects might be decisive. And notions of Sustainable Development Goals may seem futile in the light of the immensity of the problems – but the Millennium Development Goals have had an effect on our common policies to reduce poverty.
Source: Responding to Climate Change (RTCC), UK
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