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