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Pathways to Sustainability: Building Political Strategies

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In Rio de Janeiro in June 2012, two vast political gatherings deliberated about the future of sustainability. On the campus of RioCentro, heads of state, ministerial representatives, and other national delegates sat in conference chambers and roundtable rooms at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, attempting to negotiate formal agreements on sustainable development. Across the city, in Flamengo Park, civil society and citizens’ groups struck a sharp contrast at the People’s Summit—with an impassioned festival atmosphere of tent talks, demonstrations, and participatory events. Agendas ranged from agroecological farming to alternative currencies, renewable energy to recycling, and the rights to land, water, reproductive choice, and alternative ways of living with nature.1


  • Political Strategy
  • Deliberative Approach
  • Building Pathway
  • Deliberative Dialogue
  • Public Participation Process

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Leach, M. (2013). Pathways to Sustainability: Building Political Strategies. In: State of the World 2013. Island Press, Washington, DC.

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