U.S. position on global poverty and sustainability in seven sentences, two of them fully redacted

September 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

Actions speak louder than words, but words, too, can be quite revealing, especially in draft form. The following appeared in the September 2012 issue of Harper’s Magazine:


From changes requested by the United State to “The Future We Want,” a document outlining the “common vision” of countries participating in the Rio+20 conference in June.

Eradicating poverty is the greatest global challenge facing the world today and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. In this regard we are committed to free humanity from extreme poverty and hunger as a matter of urgency.

We recognize that promoting universal access to social services can make an important contribution to consolidating and archiving development gains.

We strongly encourage initiatives at all levels aimed at providing enhancing social protection for all people.

We appeal to invite all States, relevant international organizations, the private sector, and all major groups to enhance their effortsto achive sustainable changes in consumption and production patterns while creating new economic opportunities and decent work, and securing good enhancing living standards and protection of vulnerable groups.

We reaffirm the urgent need to deepen the reform of the global financial system and architecture based on the principles of equity, sovereign equality, independence, common interest, cooperation and solidarity among all States.

We urge developed countries to undertake significant changes in the lifestyles of their people to move towards a more sustainable future for all.

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