The international community is facing a number of interrelated problems. It is therefore critical now, more than ever, that global leaders come together to define a sustainable development pathway that secures a reasonable standard of living for the global population whilst preserving our ecosystems and resources. It is recognised that there are a number of challenges that, whilst not necessarily 'new' in themselves, are evolving to a new level of urgency and are more critical for the fact that they are occurring simultaneously.

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