Rio + 20: the search for a new economic development model to help Least Developed Countries

Discussions about the final document for the Rio meeting are mired in ill-temper and misunderstanding. This paper argues that the reason is that much of the conflict between developed and developing countries during negotiations is because the parties are arguing about the wrong things – separating ecology and economics.
While the arguments continue, the main losers from the lack of progress will be the Least Developed Countries (LDCs, the 49 most vulnerable countries in the world (as defined by the United Nations), based on a comparison of living standards, life expectancy, literacy, education, etc, says Daphne Davies, LDC News editor Continue reading