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The World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission), defined "sustainable development" as follows in the report Our Common Future (Oxford : Oxford University Press, 1987): "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." Sustainability can encompass many things and can be pursued on several different levels and scales.
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UK Sustainable Development Commission - Inspires government, the economy and society to embrace sustainable development as the central organising principle. Environment Wales - National Assembly initiative in partnership with voluntary organisations for protecting and improving the environment. Includes information on partners, projects, and grants, with newsletter and downloadable registration pack. WWW Virtual Library: Sustainable Development - List of internet sites dealing with sustainable development, including organisations, projects and activities, electronic journals, libraries, references and documents, and databases. Sustainable Life - Gateway and store of a wealth of online resources to help you find what you need to live a more healthy, sustainable lifestyle. Panos London - Independent, non-profit information agency producing news and analysis on topical, global issues with a developing country perspective. The Empty Homes Agency - Highlighting the waste of empty homes and property throughout England: Information, solutions and statistics. World Business Council for Sustainable Development - Organization of transnational corporations who advocate for cooperation between business and government to balance economic and environmental interests. Sustainable Development Gateway - The tri-lingual Sustainable Development Gateway provides access to over 1,200 links, a calendar of events, a job bank, the Sustainability Web Ring, listservs, and news sites dealing with sustainable development. Applying Sustainable Development - Focus is on social and cultural change, without which sustainable development is unattainable. Pages include threats and opportunities, agenda for change, practical examples, skilled people, models for change, sources of information. Sustainable Development Web Page, The - Contains a bibliography, case studies, and links to related sites. United Nations Sustainable Development - Dedicated to improving the well being of present and future generations through the promotion of sustainable development. Freshwater Solutions - United Kingdom company providing services in the development of aquaculture projects. Background on company, links, and contact information. Sustainable Development - At its third session in April 1995, the UN Commission "noted the importance of developing, among the organizations of the United Nations system, a common or compatible system of access to their respective data bases, in order to share data fully, to streamline the collection and interpretation of data and to identify data gaps, for the purpose of providing more comprehensive and integrated data to decision-makers at national, regional and international levels." Combustion in the Rainforest: Ecology, Energy and Economy for a Sustainable Environment - A global holistic perspective to the world environmental predicament. BBC: Sustainable development: Big not boring - Jonathon Porritt explains why sustainable development is not a "boring catch-phrase for sad gits". International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development - News, background and other resources from coalition that seeks to bridge gap between proponents of trade and sustainable development. The Earth Institute at Columbia University - Solutions for sustainable development. Videos, profiles, research and education.
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