originally read, "Conscious that economic
growth, social development, and poverty eradication are the first
and overriding priorities of developing countries and are
themselves essential to meeting sustainability objectives."
Australia suggested substituting the word "developing" with
"affected," since developing countries are not the only ones with
these concerns. Pakistan suggested the phrase "affected countries,
in particular in developing countries." Australia supported
replacing "poverty eradication" with the more realistic goal of
"poverty alleviation." Brazil pointed out that "poverty
eradication" is Agenda 21 language. The final version reads:
"Conscious that [sustainable] economic growth, social development
and poverty eradication are the first priorities of affected
[developing] countries, particularly in Africa, are essential to
meeting sustainability objectives."