Achieving sustainable development is not an easy task. Significant changes will be needed in decision making at the highest levels, and behavior by producers and consumers to reach for development that meets the needs of today without sacrificing the needs of future generations.
Ten years ago, the "Earth Summit" in Rio de Janeiro and Agenda 21 have contributed to the issuing of sustainable development.
Commitments alone proved insufficient for this task. As there were fully integrated economic, social and environmental
There was a break with the unsustainable practices, which led to the current predicament.
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World Summit on Sustainable Development has gathered a number of business leaders and NGOs, 10 years after the first Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
Sustainable development encompasses many challenges. How can we improve people's lives and conserving our natural resources in a world that is growing population, increasing demands for food, water, shelter, sanitation, energy, healthcare and economic security.
Need to review production and consumption patterns, healthy growth, and work together to greatly expand cross-border cooperation to share expertise, technology and resources.
These changes can, and should take place on our planet and its people prosper. Inclusion is the hallmark of Agenda 21, global action plan for sustainable development agreed at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Sustainable Development held in Rio de Janeiro in 1992.
All sectors of society have a role to play in making this vision a reality. Women, children and youth, indigenous people, NGOs, local authorities, trade unions, business and industry, scientific and technological community and farmers are recognized in Agenda 21, whose involvement is essential for successful sustainable development. For this reason, global gathering of governments at the summit will also involve, meeting business leaders, NGOs and other representatives.
Summit in Johannesburg in 2002 will focus on these action plans. Summit.ul assess obstacles to progress and results of the 1992 Earth Summit. Summit presents an opportunity to build on knowledge gained over the last decade, and provides new impetus for commitments of resources and actions for global sustainability.
1.1. What is the development of sustainable?
Sustainable development calls for improved quality of life in the world without increasing the use of our natural resources beyond the capacity of the earth. While sustainable development may require different actions in every region of the world, efforts to build a truly sustainable way of life requires the integration of action in three key areas.
Economic and Equity-linked Today, global economic systems requires an integrated approach to foster responsible long-term growth while ensuring that no nation or community is left behind.
Natural resources and environmental conservation. To preserve our heritage and natural resources for future generations of economically. Solutions must be developed to reduce resource consumption, stop pollution and preserving natural habitats.
Social development in the world, people need jobs, food, education, energy, healthcare, water and sanitation. While addressing these needs, the global community must ensure also workers' rights are respected, and that all members of society are empowered to play a role in determining their future.
Some of the most important challenges facing the world today include:
• Eradicating poverty, particularly in rural communities where most people live poor;