Essay about The Best Known Definition For Sustainable Development

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The best-known definition for Sustainable Development (SD) was established in 1987 by the Brundtland Commission, where SD was defined as: ‘development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’, with the concept of ‘needs’, related to essential needs of the world’s poor that should be prioritised and, the concept of limitations on the environment’s ability to meet present and future needs imposed by the state of technology and social organization (WCED, 1987). The popularisation of the concept of SD has continued since then, driven by the intensification and visibility of the debate on environmental issues. Consequently, there are at least 386 definitions of SD (Rigby and Càceres, 1997) and there will no doubt be many more in the future. Some authors believe that the multiple discourses appear to be mutually exclusive (Redclift, 2005) and that there is a lack of a comprehensive theoretical structure for understanding SD and its complexities (Jabareen, 2004), raising the possibility of sustainability being considered so vague a concept that it has little meaning and should be discarded. On the other hand, other authors think the opposite. Rigby and Càceres (1997), for instance, compared the term SD to term Democracy that has far more definitions than SD but that doesn’t mean the concept is irrelevant. Those terms are open to different interpretations- but they carry a core meaning, which is…

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