After Rio: A New Relationship Between North and South?

Alain Lipietz

Abstract


The Second United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro in June 1992 marked a decisive step forward. Rio contributed to a wider acceptance of the idea that humankind shares an essential unity in the face of the global catastrophe toward which its own follies are leading. Ecologists have been struggling for some time to generate a global analysis and have been pushing for a greater sense of responsibility and for acceptance of transnational action against models of non-sustainable development. It is worth celebrating this progress towards a world-wide ecological accord.

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Studies in Political Economy:
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