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Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony With Nature

20 Apr 2011
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Conference Room 3, North Lawn Building, New York

To examine how humans can better reconnect with the world around them

To commemorate International Mother Earth Day, the UN General Assembly hosted an interactive dialogue on harmony with nature.

The dialogue examined how humans can better reconnect with the world around them and yielded the following outcomes:

a) Proposals on ways to promote a holistic approach to sustainable development in harmony with nature; and,

b) An overview of different national experiences on the measurement of sustainable development in harmony with nature.

The dialogue consisted of two moderated panel discussions with experts in sustainable development. In the morning session, the panel addressed a wide array of perspectives, including sociological and anthropological ones, on how humankind can effectively reconnect with nature to achieve economic and social development that is more harmonious and balanced in relationship to the Earth's carrying capacity. In the afternoon session, the panel debated on the increasing recognition that gross domestic product (GDP) needed to be supplemented by other measurement tools for measuring progress in terms of social well-being and environmental sustainability.

The interactive dialogue intended to inform the preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development that took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 20-22 June 2012.