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French Equivalent: Développement viable

Sustainable development refers to development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs (World Commission on Environment and Development, (Brundtland Commission), 1987, Our Common Future, Oxford University Press, Oxford, United Kingdom).

It assumes the conservation of natural assets for future growth and development.

Source Publication:
Glossary of Environment Statistics, Studies in Methods, Series F, No. 67, United Nations, New York, 1997.

Cross References:
Human development

Statistical Theme: Social and welfare statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Friday, March 14, 2003