UNDP 2011 Human Development report: Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All
Since the report appeared, the subject of “our common future” has entered the international political agenda and public opinion has seized upon the issue.
The Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro in 1992 was the first major event dedicated to sustainable development and which offered prospect. Rio+20 in June 2012 will provide a progress report.
At seven months of the opening of this new global event, a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report, entitled “Sustainability and Equity: a better future for all”, was released on November 2, 2011. It emphasizes a distributive and inclusive justice that would be the mandatory corollary of sustainability. This Justice in terms of access to resources – energy, water, etc. – takes into account the most vulnerable populations (especially poor women who are prevented from contributing to development). Those most affected by environmental pressures are often the same people who show the least encouraging results in terms of the Human Development Index (HDI). Thus, for example sub-Saharan Africa, with a low HDI, is also one of the regions most vulnerable to climate change.
The authors of the 2011 report have launched an appeal for funding dedicated to an economy that is fair and green, a necessity to reverse climate change and to encourage the glimmers of human development that have been recently observed in countries with low and moderate income.