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Sustainable development victim of 'short-termism'
If the world is to make any real progress on sustainable development with the renewed momentum sparked by the Rio+20 Earth summit next year, policies need to be better connected to people's daily activities and given teeth by means of proper accountability and enforcement mechanisms, the World Future Council's Maja Göpel told EurActiv in an interview.

While little has moved on sustainable development since the 1992 Rio Earth Summit, the topic is back on the public agenda, thanks to stronger scientific evidence of environmental degradation and its visible impacts, said Maja Göpel, 'future justice' director at the World Future Council.

Göpel is concerned about the 'short-termism' that is driving today's business and policymaking and said that nothing less than a "Great Transformation" is needed, accompanied by "better transparency on the short-term versus long-term costs of our decisions today".

Göpel's biggest hope for the upcoming Rio+20 Earth Summit is that the world will "re-connect with the spirit of 1992 where people and planet were at the centre of attention".

She hopes that Rio+20's concrete proposals will not remain at UN level only and that national and local-level mechanisms are added "for meaningful participation" of citizens in the process.

For full content of interview:
http://www.euractiv.com/en/sustainability/generation-sustainable-development-victim-short-termism-interview-506372
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