Dr Kenneth Nkowani, the director under the Department of Environment at the Ministry of Mines, Natural Resources and Environmental Protection says the key to sustainable development is the right constitution which is the guiding principle for the people of Zambia.
"We must ensure we have the right Constitution which can take care of critical issues like poverty or emerging ones like climate change.
The need for sustainability is more urgent than ever - humanity's major challenge in this century is to reconcile the forces of globalisation with need for sustainability.
"We need solutions for sustainable consumption, mobility, resource use and urbanisation," says Dr Nkowani
giving an example, "If you fly in Lusaka today, you will see total confusion because people build their houses anyhow - there is no common denominator.
says Rio will provide principles but it will be up to Zambia to embed those principles into developmental plans like the 6th or 7th National Development plans.
"We must take the bull by its horns.
We must not always wait for donors to fund us, this is not their country, it is ours.
We must have a plan perhaps from A to C and allocate money to cater for plan A to B then the donors can fund plan C and not the other way round," Dr Nkowani
says Zambia can do better with such an attitude just as she
has progressed tremendously since 1992.