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The Road to Rio+20

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This week, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development brings together world leaders and representatives of business and civil society, to galvanize support for a global sustainable development agenda. But, as developed countries struggle to recover from the global recession, and emerging-market growth slows, will the international community commit to real action? Project Syndicate's contributors examine the conference's prospects and outcomes.

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  1. Rio’s Unsustainable Nonsense

    Rio’s Unsustainable Nonsense

    Jun 21, 2012 Jagdish Bhagwati

  2. Globalizing Innovation
    122e100246f86ff009f1358b_pa3894c.jpg Paul Lachine

    Globalizing Innovation

    Jun 19, 2012 Mark Stafford Smith

  3. A Rio Report Card
    1d8a0a0346f86f6810357dd3_dr4488c.jpg Dean Rohrer

    A Rio Report Card

    Jun 18, 2012 Jeffrey D. Sachs

  4. Putting Water in Rio
    pa3076c.jpg Paul Lachine

    Putting Water in Rio

    Jun 17, 2012 Famke Janssen

  5. Wrongheaded in Rio
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    Wrongheaded in Rio

    Jun 13, 2012 Bjørn Lomborg

  6. Green from the Grassroots
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    Green from the Grassroots

    Jun 12, 2012 Elinor Ostrom thinks climate change is best addressed through local and regional policies.

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    The US Is Jeopardizing the Open Internet

    Natalie Dunleavy Campbell & Stan Adams condemn America’s apparent decision to abandon its role as a champion of a free digital domain.
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    How to Finance Higher Education in Africa

    Célestin Monga proposes a mix of several funding streams to improve access to high-quality colleges and universities.
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    Catalytic Capital Holds the Key to Southeast Asia’s Green Transition

    Kitty Bu & Stefanie Fairholme highlight the potential role of early-stage funding in advancing the region’s decarbonization efforts.
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    Which AI Risks Matter?

    Edoardo Campanella

    To prevent humanity from ever being demoted to the status of gorillas by a highly advanced artificial intelligence, most AI experts agree that we must retain control over the technology. But with developers racing to achieve the next breakthrough and gain market share, that may be easier said than done.

    considers three leading experts’ assessments of the technology’s future capabilities and their implications.
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    Europe Must Defend Itself

    Donald Trump – who spent his presidency lambasting NATO – recently suggested that he would encourage Russian aggression against NATO allies that had not met their commitment to spend 2% of GDP on defense. With Trump vying for another term in the White House – and the Ukraine war still raging on the European Union’s doorstep – EU countries can no longer ignore the difficult but essential task of taking charge of their own security.

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    Making the Most of FDI

    Keun Lee considers what it takes to convert foreign investment into growth, development, and technological upgrading.
  7. frankel157_Michael M. SantiagoGetty Images_economy Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

    Explaining Americans’ Pessimism About a Strong Economy

    Jeffrey Frankel considers possible reasons for the disconnect between economic performance and public perceptions.
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    Sharing the Tech Wealth

    Diane Coyle urges investment in digital public infrastructure to curb the adverse effects of market power.
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    The WTO’s FDI Challenge

    Karl P. Sauvant urges the World Trade Organization’s members to adopt the new Investment Facilitation for Development Agreement.

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