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Environmental Governance

Definition(s)

Development that provides economic, social and environmental benefits in the long term having regard to the needs of living and future generations. Defined by the World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987 as: development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. (Source: GEMET/GILP96)
Our Common Future, the Brundtland Report: \"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 organisation on the environment's ability to meet the present and future needs.\" (Source: InforMEA)

Hierarchy

Related terms:
sustainability

In other languages

French
développement durable
Russian
устойчивое развитие
Spanish
desarrollo sostenible
Chinese, Simplified
可持续发展
Arabic
تنمية مستدامة

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Multilateral environment agreements tagged with sustainable development

You can see below a list of multilateral environment agreements. Use the links on the right to view the content tagged with sustainable development. This includes official treaty texts, decisions, recommendations, and other related informational documents such as publications, annuals, meetings, documents or reports.
Convention on Biological Diversity
Basel Convention
Convention on Migratory Species
Stockholm Convention
Nagoya Protocol
Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
Kyoto Protocol
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification
Rotterdam Convention
Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution
Espoo Convention
Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents
Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas
Carpathian Convention
United Nations Environment Assembly