This book, which updates and synthesizes UN DESA’s World Economic and Social Survey 2009: Promoting Development, Saving the Planet , spells out, in more detail than usual, what can and should be done to avert the real risks of climate change-related disaster.

It summons the world to an endeavour worthy of the resources and ingenuity of the twenty-first century – towards bold initiatives with big costs, and much bigger benefits. It explores the interconnected issues of climate and development, laying the groundwork for such a new deal. It presents a challenging agenda, and highlights the needs and perspectives of developing countries which may be unfamiliar or uncomfortable to readers in high-income countries.

The unfortunate truth is that any large country, or group of mid-sized countries, can veto any global climate solution by refusing to participate, so a solution will only work if it works for everyone.

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