What does sustainable development mean?

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  1. sustainable development(Noun)

    Development which seeks to produce sustainable economic growth while ensuring future generations' ability to do the same by not exceeding the regenerative capacity of the nature. In other words, it's trying to protect the environment.


  1. Sustainable development

    Sustainable development refers to a mode of human development in which resource use aims to meet human needs while ensuring the sustainability of natural systems and the environment, so that these needs can be met not only in the present, but also for generations to come. The term 'sustainable development' was used by the Brundtland Commission, which coined what has become the most often-quoted definition of sustainable development: "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Sustainable development ties together concern for the carrying capacity of natural systems with the social challenges faced by humanity. As early as the 1970s, "sustainability" was employed to describe an economy "in equilibrium with basic ecological support systems." Ecologists have pointed to The Limits to Growth, and presented the alternative of a "steady state economy" in order to address environmental concerns. The concept of sustainable development has in the past most often been broken out into three constituent parts: environmental sustainability, economic sustainability and sociopolitical sustainability. More recently, it has been suggested that a more consistent analytical breakdown is to distinguish four domains of economic, ecological, political and cultural sustainability. This is consistent with the UCLG move to make 'culture' the fourth domain of sustainability.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sustainable development in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sustainable development in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sarah Mendelson:

    We now face another uphill battle, educating the public about the sustainable development goals.

  2. Thomas Yanga:

    The goal of eliminating stunting is key to achieving zero hunger, Sustainable Development Goal 2.

  3. Mary Robinson:

    No country at the moment has sustainable development – no country, we can all start learning from each other.

  4. Sven Harmeling:

    There is a clear signal there that without tackling climate change, sustainable development is - for many countries - unachievable.

  5. Francois Hollande:

    If the poorest, most vulnerable countries can't be accompanied in their transition to sustainable development, then there will be no binding agreement.

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