chapter  6
Bridging the Green and Brown Agendas
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One of the most significant contributions of the United Nations to global thinking about the future in recent decades has been the concept of sustainable development. Its application to cities, as discussed in this chapter, has helped to catalyse the rediscovery and renaissance of urban planning. Sustainable development, or sustainability, was defined by the Brundtland Commission1 as development that meets the needs of people without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. In urban planning, as in other professions, this has meant a new recognition of how environmental and social aspects of development need to be integrated with economic development, as well as meeting basic human needs for the poorest parts of the world.