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RIO+ WORKING PAPER | NUMBER 1 | MARCH 2014
Author: Carolyn Stephens (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and Universidad Nacional de Tucumán)
Sustainable Development, in theory, means the positive interaction of the global environment with social and economic development. However, we are now in a context in which, despite some progress, we are nowhere near the targets we have set ourselves on sustainable development, poverty elimination, biodiversity, or human health. We are living through, perhaps, the most socially and environmentally unsustainable moment in our history as a species. Essentially, this means that, as we move towards 2015, we are conceivably further from Sustainable Development than we have ever been.