“The process to elaborate sustainable development goals (SDGs) may be one of the most notable results of the Rio+20 conference. It provides an opportunity to incorporate lessons from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), devising a set of new goals that encompass both development and environment. Sustainable development requires the two concerns to go hand in hand, and comprehensive goals with environmental, social and economic targets will do just that. However, many decision makers still perceive environmental protection and development to be mutually exclusive. This perception has been institutionalised to the point that it jeopardises the creation of comprehensive development goals.”
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