Although many others have occurred, the most referred definition of sustainable development is still the one from the 1987 World Commission on Environment and Development report; “Our common future” (The Brundtland report) . In the report sustainable development is defined as:
“.. 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.”
(United Nations, 1987. Chapter 2, subsection 1)
The UN report from 1987, set sustainable development on the political agenda.