Patten mulls Johannesburg summit challenge

EU external relations commissioner urges global cooperation for sustainable development

The world must achieve an unprecedented degree of international cooperation if it is to meet the challenge of global sustainability, the EU's external relations commissioner Chris Patten said yesterday in a speech delivered in London. The answer to divisive inequalities lay in more globalisation rather than less, Mr Patten argued, but also in "a different sort" of globalisation.

Global priorities for sustainability were clearly laid out at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, said Mr Patten. The trouble was that so little had been achieved in practice. The real challenges now, he said, were to convince all stakeholders of the "complete rationale of global interdependence" and to move "from sound-bite to sound policy".

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