Sustainable Development

An Imperative for Environmental Protection

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Report by a Commonwealth Group of Experts.



Foreword by the Commonwealth Secretary-General

Interest in environmental issues and concerns over the sustainability of development are intensifying in many governmental and other circles in the run up to the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The Commonwealth is no exception to this trend and when its leaders meet this October in Harare for their biennial summit, environmental issues are likely to be a major topic in their deliberations. Commonwealth concerns over the environment are not, of course, new and at their last summit they adopted the Langkawi Declaration on Environment, a joint commitment to tackle environmental problems and a mandate for Commonwealth action.


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