In keeping with the rationale of reconciling environmental protection, economic development and the fight against poverty in a sustainable manner, as formulated by the United Nations in 1992 at the “Earth Summit” of Rio de Janeiro and expressed in Agenda 21, adopted on that occasion, (from Preamble of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism)

I understand the bold part as: we agree to the necessity of reconciling ....

what does keep with and rationale mean here? keep with means pursuing?


In Keeping With

in keeping with is an idiom and can mean:

Conforming to, in harmony with, as in The new wing is in keeping with the house's original architecture, or His actions are not in keeping with his words. This expression uses keeping in the sense of "harmony," as does its antonym, out of keeping with, as in The funeral arrangements were out of keeping with the family's wishes.

in keeping with something:

  1. because of something: There will be no flowers at the funeral, in keeping with the family's wishes.

  2. suited to something: The new windows are in keeping with the colonial style of the house.


As to rationale the noun — which isn't the same as rational the adjective — it means:

a set of reasons or a logical basis for a course of action or a particular belief.

1 + 1

The emphasized part in your quote means: "Conforming to/Acting upon the belief (or set of beliefs) that we should once again act with the enviroment in mind..."

  • gr8, what do you mean by 1+1?
    – Juya
    Apr 21 '15 at 20:31
  • 1
    Well, if we combine (add) what I wrote about "In Keeping With" and "Rationale", we can deduce what the phrase means in its entirety.
    – zerohedge
    Apr 21 '15 at 20:34

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