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Brundtland Commission (World Commission on Environment and Development)

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0753-5_441


The Brundtland Commission, also known as the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED), disbanded in 1987. In the United Nations, it is also called the UN Special Commission on the Environment.

Brief History

The aim of the Brundtland Commission was to help direct the nations of the world towards the goal of sustainable development. The commission is also known as the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED). It operated from 1984 to 1987. The commission published its results in the Brundtland report in 1987. Thereafter, sustainable development became an important concept in the vocabulary of politicians, practitioners, and planners (WCED, 1987; Burton, 1987).

The report by the Brundtland Commission developed the most widely used definition of sustainable development as “development which meets the needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (WCED, 1987). The idea of sustainable...

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  1. 1.Padeco Co., Ltd, Minato-kuTokyoJapan