A Developing Country Perspective
Edited by Pushpam Kumar and Ibrahim Thiaw
The outcome of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) in Rio de Janeiro in 2012 (Rio+20) ‘The Future We Want’ describes the importance of an Inclusive Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. The consensus emerging from world leaders is clear and loud for broader measures of progress to complement conventional indices such as gross domestic product (GDP) and sustainable management of ecosystems and economy. There have been persistent efforts over the last two decades to reform our national accounting system through ‘green accounting’ or ‘inclusive wealth’ measures. It is expected that one of these new measures will finally provide a yardstick for sustainable development. These improved measures of national performance will also reflect our institutional and political commitments through the Agenda 21 document ‘Our Common Future’ of the 1992 Earth Summit at Rio and ‘The Future We Want’ document accepted at Rio+20 in 2012.