The "World Commission on Environment and Development" (WCED) established in 1983 by the UN General Assembly published in 1987 its report “Our Common Future". This report – called Brundtland report with regard to the Commission’s president – for the first time formulated the model of "sustainable development" as an alternative to development based only on unbridled economic growth:
“1. 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.
2. Thus the goals of economic and social development must be defined in terms of sustainability in all countries - developed or developing, market-oriented or centrally planned. Interpretations will vary, but must share certain general features and must flow from a consensus on the basic concept of sustainable development and on a broad strategic framework for achieving it.” [Source: UN Documents net]
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