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Development Co-operation Report 2012

Lessons in Linking Sustainability and Development

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The Development Co-operation Report is the key annual reference document for statistics and analysis on trends in international aid. This year, the Development Co-operation Report 2012 seeks to provide insights into how to address today’s sustainable development challenges, with a focus on inclusiveness and good governance to ensure that our finite resources are equitably distributed, now and in the future.

Sharing finite resources among a growing number people – and consumers – is a critical challenge. It is in this spirit that J. Brian Atwood, Chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), invited several intellectual leaders on the challenges of inclusive, sustainable development to contribute to this year’s report.

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Executive summary

The Development Co-operation Report 2012 comes at a critical moment for the planet. 2012 was the year that world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, came together in Rio de Janeiro to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection. Twenty years after the 1992 Earth Summit, the Rio +20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development renewed the urgency of addressing pressing economic and environmental challenges – moving towards greener growth, and helping advance countries’ common aspirations towards sustainable development and poverty reduction.

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