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CHAPTER 3: COMBATTING POVERTY

This chapter of Agenda 21 addresses the need to eradicate poverty and hunger. It stresses the need to manage natural resources sustainably by designing environmental policies that take into account those who depend on the resources for their livelihoods. As of the beginning of the Conference, the only three bracketed paragraphs in this text had dealt with finance. It first appeared that this chapter would be easily dispensed with, however, the US objected to unbracketed paragraph 3.5, which included the phrase "people under occupation." Koh postponed discussion on this topic until he was able to hold consultations that resulted in the compromise discussed above (Chapter 1:Preamble). The single programme area in this chapter is entitled, "Enabling the poor to achieve sustainable livelihoods."