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establishing a firm link between the environment and development and toward giving real operational meaning to the term sustainable development that was coined by the Governing Council of UNEP 17 years ago. All this culminated in the Rio Conference on Environment and Development in June 1992. Agenda 21 was adopted at that conference by almost all governments of the world, including more than 100 heads of state and government. Agenda 21 puts under one roof the whole effort of the past 20 years. It covers almost every aspect of human endeavor and puts it within the context of

Andrew Steer

A quiet revolution has been under way during the 1990s as environmental sustainability has gradually become an important theme in policymaking around the world . RECENT years have witnessed a profound change in our understanding of the links between economic development and the natural environment. The key propositions of sustainable development laid out in the Brundtland Commission Report in 1987 and in the Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit’s Agenda 21 in 1992 were controversial at the time but are now broadly accepted—even among mainstream economic

International Monetary Fund
A poverty profile for the Comoros has been established based on the latest poverty data (EIM 2004). The data indicate that monetary poverty is still widespread in the Comoros. For the overall country, the incidence of poverty at the household level was estimated at 36.9 percent in 2004. Three socioeconomic groups account for nearly two-thirds of national poverty: farmers' households (30.2 percent), unprotected wage earners' households (15.8 percent), and households headed by an inactive person (19.6 percent).