Rousseau, Rio and the Green Economy

  • Carlos Lopes


Rewriting a new social contract implicitly means creating a redistributive system that enhances both intra-generational and inter-generational equity. The Rio rationale 20 years ago is not radically dissimilar to the Rousseauist ideal of freedom and justice. The challenge of a multilateral governance model that advocates sustainable development cannot be severed from one that is able to set global agendas, legitimizes principle of common actions and brings global communities to commit to a process of implementing change at the local, national and international level.


Social contract Green economy Rio+20 summit Global governance Equities 


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  1. 1.Economic Commission for AfricaUNECAAddis AbabaEthiopia

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