If anything, the world's ecological problems have only grown over the past 20 years since the Earth Summit of 1992 held in the Latin American city of Rio de Janeiro. As the developing world catches up with lifestyles that until recently were the privilege of the leading industrialised countries, the future looks even more perilous than before. Read more: http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2012/1093/fe1.htm
"Despite the world's third largest economy, India still has huge problems with poverty, graft, water distribution and the environment. There is much to be done, especially with India's children."
That's how environmental journalist Robert Weir summed up his recent seven months in India, spent mostly in Calcutta (Kolkata), working with Rosalie Giffoniello's "Empower the Children" program.
As co-chair of the National Agricultural and Fisheries Council’s Committee on Climate Change of the Climate Change Congress of the Philippines, Christian Monsod also spoke at the forum about the role of green technologies and sustainability in poverty alleviation.
India has had some success in reducing poverty, but a staggering 350 million people still live below the poverty line.
And discontent is rising, with the middle income feeling the pinch from soaring food prices.
Industry experts said it's time the government introduce new reforms to spur the country's economy.
World Bank Group President Robert B Zoellick begins an official visit to India tomorrow, to see what more it can do to support government efforts to overcome poverty, as India embarks on its 12th five-year Plan and global recovery remains fragile. “The Bank’s partnership with India, one of our founding members, goes back six decades, and we look forward to sustaining it in the years ahead,” Zoellick said in a statement.