The Action Agenda for Sustainable Development has emerged through a process of expert advice and public consultation to set in motion international development projects, linked in their objectives and supported by a large multinational well networked community. We aim to promote solutions to social exclusion and gender inequality, to support health and wellbeing, and to decouple growth from the use of non-renewable resources, as urbanization swells the demand for energy, and to ensure survival of vital ecosystems, now being threatened or destroyed. The Action Agenda reflects a strong consensus among world leaders, which I share, that linking local projects to each other and to a vision of sustainable development is the way forward.
We are entering a new and dangerous period in which nuclear competition or even use of nuclear weapons could again become the greatest threat to global stability. Less certain is whether today’s leaders are up to meeting this emerging challenge.
Events in the country remain exceptionally fluid following the ouster of President Evo Morales, who has been given political asylum in Mexico. Nonetheless, three preliminary conclusions can already be drawn.