Sustainable development is more about establishing principles of democracy, peace and security and less about intergenerational equity, says Dr Kazi F. Jalal, a Harvard faculty member and former Asian Development Bank official, when he visited IUCN Bangladesh Country Office on 1 February 2010.
“Inequality of distribution of resources results in poverty and weakens development," says Dr Jalal.
To support his argument, he quoted well-known statistics showing the consumption and income disparities between developed and developing countries.
Dr Jalal argued that the current patterns of consumption, production and distribution of resources need to be revolutionised to achieve sustainable development.
The informal discussion, organised by IUCN and Maxwell Stamp Ltd, was attended by a cross section of professionals, including representatives of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), IUCN, BRAC, Maxwell Stamp Ltd and the media.