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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The global economic crisis has left many countries struggling with slow growth, stretched public finances and high levels of unemployment. In this economic context, it is not easy to keep environmental protection and the conservation of natural resources at the top of government policy priorities. Yet, we know that we simply cannot afford to relegate these challenges to a level of secondary importance. The planet’s ability to support sustainable lives for a fast-growing population is decreasing, while our demands on the planet are increasing at a rapid pace. We are on a collision course with nature!

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