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08-09-04 // 17:08h

ARJUN SENGUPTA (INDIA): SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IS ACHIEVING GENERATION EQUALITY


Sengupta, the president of the Center for Development and Human Rights in New Delhi, stressed the need to work to guarantee that the basic needs of future generations will be met.


Arjun Sengupta, president of the Center for Development and Human Rights in New Delhi stated, today, that the concept of sustainable development should be “to achive generation equality.” During his speech at the Dialogue “New Ignorances, New Literacies. Learning to live together in the globalizing world”, Sengupta, who is also assistant professor at the Public Health School at the University of Harvard, pointed out that “ the notion of standard of living is closely related to the notion of wellbeing.”

During his speech at the session “Does learning and educating for sustainable development leave out the future?”, professor Sengupta called for the creation of a policy program that ensures that future generations will have the same standard of living as current generations, a concepts that he refers to as “generational equality”.

Edward S. Ayensu, the president of the Pan-African Union of Science and Technology reiterated that education is the key to sustainable development and should be carried out in two ways: by increasing competence and carrying out education on sustainability.

He stressed that “mans effect on agriculture is a threat to the ecosystem, even if there exists the technology to avoid it.” In his opinion, an optimistic view is “to convince ourselves that we have not yet reached the point of no return.”

Likewise, Ashok Kosla, president of the Group of Alternatives for Development, of India, stated that, “there is a dilemma between North and South, as those in the South reproach those in the North for their excess consumption, whereas those in the North say those in the South because of underdevelopment is due to the fact that they have too many children.

In his opinion, the key lies in carrying out simultaneous processes of contraction and convergence, lowering maximum consumption standards in the rich world whilst also raising the minimums in poor countries.” He insisted that, “it is essential to sustainable development that basic needs are covered and the resource base is maintained.”

According to Cristiana Thorpe, founding president of the Forum of African Female Educators in Sierra Leona, “it is essential that the women of Sierra Leona recover their sense of dignity so they can contribute to rebuilding the country and work towards sustainable development.”

According to Thorpe, it is necessary to work at the lowest levels of society because “human resources make up the essential resource for sustainable development.”



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