Sustainable Globalisation Transcript

Daniel Altman, George Papandreou, Claribel David, Dimitri Vlassis, Katherine Marshall, Finn Heinrich, Ntombifuthi Mtoba, 13th IACC, Plenary transcript, Sustainability

More than 20 years ago, the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development - the Brundtland Commission - established the concept of sustainable development as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainability in development therefore requires both economic growth and social stability, placing them in a context of vigilance regarding environmental degradation. In this approach, the concepts of growth and environmentalism do not compete but complement. They create a win-win for present-day development efforts, especially as they can benefit the poor, and they also aim to provide for future generations, who will inherit a planet for which, ideally, solutions to environmental challenges have been acted upon with foresight and a long-term perspective.

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