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Sustainable development

ByEdwin Zaccai

Sustainable development was defined in the Brundtland Report in 1987 as a “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (World Commission on Environment and Development, 1987: 43). This remains by far its most known definition, even though the World Conservation Strategy was one of the first to use the term (IUCN et al. 1980). The Brundtland report is a product of the World Commission on Environment and Development, an international expert panel that was commissioned by the UN General Assembly in 1983 to define a new type of global development that reconciles environment and development in both the North and the South.