The most common definition of Sustainable Development comes from the Brundtland Report titled “Our Common future”, it is as follows
“Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Simply put, Sustainable development (SD) is the development that is Sustainable in the long run, it is the development that takes care of not only the present generation but also the future generations. SD has Three pillars to it, People- Planet-Profits, this concept of Development is called the Triple Bottom Line, unlike any Business model that considers only about One bottom line- Profits, Triple Bottom line model also considers, People, which is the Society or social cause and The Planet, which is the Environment, Wild life and Climate around us. Any development we people do as Businesses or Governments can only be viable in the long only if this development considers the People and the Planet in its framework.
The United Nations has come up with a Framework for Sustainable Development called the United Nations Development program (UNDP). UNDP has a set of 17 Goals for the year 2019.
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