Sustainability (World Commission on Environment and Development Definition)
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The Brundtland Commission or the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED), known by the name of its Chair, Gro Harlem Brundtland, was convened by the United Nations in 1983. The commission published its report, Our Common Future, in 1987 and proposed the concept of sustainable development as an ideal for the global economy and corporations. Sustainability was defined as development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.
The WCED was created to address growing concern about the accelerating deterioration of the human environment and natural resources and the consequences of that deterioration for economic and social development. The work of the commission resulted in the Brundtland Report which contained two main concepts: (1) the concept of needs, in particular the needs of the world’s poor,...
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