Investing in a Sustainable Future: Inter-American Development Bank Support for the Goals of the Santa Cruz de La Sierra Summit

Dec 1996
For Latin America and the Caribbean, sustainable development encompasses the broad objectives of our societies: sustainable economic development based on modernization, openness and competitiveness; greater social justice achieved through reductions in current levels of poverty, increased investments in human capital to create new opportunities, and improvements in the distribution of income; democratic institutions that respect human rights, as well as the participation of citizens in the political process and the quest for a national consensus on the future of our societies; and equitable growth that improves the quality of life and respects our natural resources in the cities and rural areas. This document contains the IDB's response to the call of action to the Conference on Sustainable Development in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia.