Sustainable Development

An Imperative for Environmental Protection

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Report by a Commonwealth Group of Experts.




Though not new to the Commonwealth's agenda, environmental issues commanded particular attention in the deliberations of Commonwealth Heads of Government when they met in Kuala Lumpur in 1989. This was hardly surprising at a time when environmental concerns were occupying the centre stage in international concerns—a situation which is likely to persist for some time to come. At that meeting, Commonwealth leaders unanimously adopted the Langkawi Declaration on the Environment, thereby expressing their collective resolve to support action on a broad agenda of critical environmental problems—ranging from ozone depletion to land degradation—through a programme of action at the national and international levels.


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