UN Economic and Social Council

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

`Transition to sustainable development

More than 25 years ago, the UN brought together leading global thinkers to build a new paradigm for economic growth, social inclusion and environmental sustainability.
This group’s work resulted in a report which introduced the concept of sustainable development.

Sustainable development is premised on the idea that human progress can be achieved and should be considered successful only if all three pillars of development – economic, social and environmental – are taken into account.  In the intervening period, the world has deepened its understanding of how these three pillars are interconnected.  Each year, it becomes increasingly clear that sustainable development is the most promising path fo

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