Tackling poverty and inequality must be at the heart of Rio+20

Opinion: Development

The negotiations have until now lacked the ambition and commitment to action shown in 1992. As leaders engage, they must deliver. We cannot continue to live as we do now.

UN Photo: Eskinder Debebe
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon meets with Archbishop Desmond Tutu during a World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland earlier this year.
Desmond Tutu
Published: Friday, 06/15/2012 12:00 am EDT

1992 was a momentous year. In South Africa we had the final whites-only referendum in which the vast majority voted to end apartheid and create a power-sharing multi-racial government. In Maastricht the European Union was formed. While in Rio de Janeiro, in response to the growing pressure to protect the future of the planet and its people, the landmark Earth Summit delivered new treaties to tackle climate change and conserve biodiversity.

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