The World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission), defined "sustainable development" as follows in the report Our Common Future (Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1987): "Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It contains within it two key concepts: the concept of "needs", in particular the essential needs of the world's poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment's ability to meet present and future needs." Sustainability can encompass many things and can be pursued on several different levels and scales.
Focus is on social and cultural change, without which sustainable development is unattainable. Pages include threats and opportunities, agenda for change, practical examples, skilled people, models for change, sources of information.
Jonathon Porritt explains why sustainable development is not a "boring catch-phrase for sad gits".
A global holistic perspective to the world environmental predicament.
National Assembly initiative in partnership with voluntary organisations for protecting and improving the environment. Includes information on partners, projects, and grants, with newsletter and downloadable registration pack.
United Kingdom company providing services in the development of aquaculture projects. Background on company, links, and contact information.
News, background and other resources from coalition that seeks to bridge gap between proponents of trade and sustainable development.
Independent, non-profit information agency producing news and analysis on topical, global issues with a developing country perspective.
At its third session in April 1995, the UN Commission "noted the importance of developing, among the organizations of the United Nations system, a common or compatible system of access to their respective data bases, in order to share data fully, to streamline the collection and interpretation of data and to identify data gaps, for the purpose of providing more comprehensive and integrated data to decision-makers at national, regional and international levels."
The tri-lingual Sustainable Development Gateway provides access to over 1,200 links, a calendar of events, a job bank, the Sustainability Web Ring, listservs, and news sites dealing with sustainable development.
Contains a bibliography, case studies, and links to related sites.
Gateway and store of a wealth of online resources to help you find what you need to live a more healthy, sustainable lifestyle.
Solutions for sustainable development. Videos, profiles, research and education.
Highlighting the waste of empty homes and property throughout England: Information, solutions and statistics.
Inspires government, the economy and society to embrace sustainable development as the central organising principle.
Dedicated to improving the well being of present and future generations through the promotion of sustainable development.
Organization of transnational corporations who advocate for cooperation between business and government to balance economic and environmental interests.
List of internet sites dealing with sustainable development, including organisations, projects and activities, electronic journals, libraries, references and documents, and databases.
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