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Growth Patterns Must Shift or Poor Will Be Worse Off: UN

Growth Patterns Must Shift or Poor Will Be Worse Off: UN

Thin Lei Win

SEOUL (AlertNet) – Will the next Earth Summit in 2012 kick start a fundamental change by pushing countries to embark on a path of development that is sustainable? Or will it be just another date in a long list of international calendar events?

This was the question posed by Rae Kwon Chung, director of the environment and development division of the United Nations’ Asia Pacific commission, on Monday to a group of activists and civil society groups who have gathered in Seoul for a two-day preparatory meeting for the Summit.