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Report of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 20-22, 2012 (See endnote 27)

The nations of the world attending the conference reaffirmed their strong desire for a sustainable future, developmentally, economically, socially, and environmentally for present and future generations. The eradication of poverty, hunger, and disease while developing natural resources in an environmentally sound manner was of greatest significance. It was re-emphasized that people were at the center of sustainable development and that stakeholders, business, industry, and government were partners in the effort. It was re-emphasized that decisions should be science based. There was a renewal: of the political commitment to improvement and positive change in the actions of all; of the integration, implementation, and operational efficiency of various groups to achieve common goals and objectives; of engaging major groups and other stakeholders; and of working toward creating a green economy while eliminating poverty and improving sustainable development. There was an emphasis on creating and maintaining an institutional framework for sustainable development by governmental agencies sharing their knowledge and skills with each other and with others. There was once again recognition that there are inter linkages between various issues and various environmental media.

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