Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Quote of the Month

The truth is that sustainable development is fundamentally a question of people’s opportunities to influence their future, claim their rights and voice their concerns. Democratic governance and full respect for human rights are key prerequisites for empowering people to make sustainable choices. The peoples of the world will simply not tolerate continued environmental devastation or the persistent inequality which offends deeply held universal principles of social justice. Citizens will no longer accept governments and corporations breaching their compact with them as custodians of a sustainable future for all.
From the new UN report: Resilient People, Resilient Planet: A Future Worth Choosing


  1. Recommendation point 6:
    Governments, the private sector, civil society and relevant international development partners should work together to provide vocational training, retraining and professional development within the context of lifelong learning geared to filling skills shortages in sectors essential to sustainable development. They should prioritize women, young people and vulnerable groups in these efforts.

  2. Recommendation point 9:
    Employers, Governments and trade unions should take a comprehensive approach to advancing equality in the workplace, including by adopting principles of non-discrimination; measures to advance women into leadership roles; gender sensitive work-life and health policies; education, training and professional development targeting women and minorities; and commitments to measure and publicly report on progress.

  3. Recommendation point 10:
    Governments and business should recognize the economic benefits of enabling the full participation of women in the economy by putting in place economic policies that
    explicitly address the unique challenges that limit women ...


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