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What is Sustainable Development?

The concept of Sustainable Development was prominently
defined in the Brundtland Report of 1987, as:

“Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Central to meeting these needs are the following principles:


Sustainable development calls for long-term strategies to pursue intra- and intergenerational equity


Sustainable development calls for coordination and integration of economic, social and environmental policies across and between different levels of governance


Sustainable development calls for the incorporation of stakeholders into the decision-making process.


Sustainable development calls for reflexive processes based on continuous reflection and policy learning cycles

What is sustainable development?

National Milestones


National Expert Group on Sustainable Development Indicators was established


The Maltese Government embarked on a process to mainstream sustainable development principles within the budget process


The Sustainable Development Act, Cap. 521 came into force. Establishment of the Sustainable Development Directorate, Guardian of Future Generations and the Sustainable Development Network


The National Commission was established and entrusted with the role of advocating national sustainable development across all sectors; reviewing progress in the achievement of sustainable development; and achieving further progress


The Environment Protection Act, Cap. 549 established the National Commission for Sustainable Development


The Development Planning Act of 1992 introduced the notion of Sustainable Development