By Clem McCartney*
Before referring to the content of the deliberations it is appropriate to refer to the tone of the presentations and discussions, because they facilitated a meaningful debate.
TONE AND FLOW OF DISCUSSION
In the main the speakers had come well prepared to tackle the issue posed by the title of the conference – how to deliver “inclusive and sustainable development”.
The tone was very positive and encouraging. Some of the presentations and comments from the floor were pessimistic about the current situation, with good reason, but they were all positively critical in trying to see ways forward. The general tone was exploratory, “digging down” into the issues as one person said. As the confgernece centred in on core challenges, the same issues recurred but at a deeper level of analysis and from different perspectives.
This review therefore takes the same approach rather than dealing with the sessions in chronological order.
What was the trajectory of this exploration?