What is Sustainable Development?

A look at the ideas behind this concept

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Definition


The official definition in the 1987 Brundtland Commission Report ‘Our Common Future’ states that:


Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It contains within it two key concepts:

  • the concept of ‘needs’, in particular the essential needs of the world’s poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and

  • the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment’s ability to meet present and future needs.

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