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Sustainable development: what is it?
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SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: WHAT IS IT?

The term “sustainable development” comes from the United Nations. In 1987 the commission Brundtland presented the report “Our common future”, in which “sustainable development” is the key word.

They described it as “treating the earth in such a way, that all people can fulfil their needs, also the future generations.” Sustainable development is connected with development aid and with environment protection.

Sustainable development also means a connection with prosperity and well-being; with economic growth and improvement of the living environment.
“Sustainable development is regarded as a process with economic, ecological and social dimensions. Essential is the cohesion of these dimensions. Important too is that in this cohesion, also the work of the future generations and people elsewhere on earth is taken into account.”( National Commission for Sustainable Development NL )

The term became really fashionable after the environment and development conference of the United Nations (UN) at Rio de Janeiro in 1992; Member states agreed to aim at sustainable development.
They repeated this on the World Top for Sustainable Development at Johannesburg in 2002.
The Dutch government published a lot of scientific reports, but in Belgium we certainly have a well-shaped minister!
D.D. has many aspects, we only discuss some of them.
We will also mention how much they will be treated in the Grundtvig project.

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