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Recovering Sustainable Development

Author: David G. Victor, Adjunct Senior Fellow for Science and Technology
January/February 2006
Foreign Affairs


Sustainable development -- the notion that boosting economic growth, protecting natural resources, and ensuring social justice can be complementary goals -- has lost much appeal over the past two decades, the victim of woolly thinking and interest-group politics. The concept can be relevant again, but only if its original purpose -- helping the poor live healthier lives on their own terms -- is restored.

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