Sustainable Development: The Definition Of Sustainable Development

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Sustainable development has been defined in many ways, but the most frequently quoted definition is from “our common future”, also known as 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:
1. The concepts of needs, in particular the essential needs of the world’s poor, to which overriding priority should be given.
2. The idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organisation on the environments ability to meet present and future needs.
All definitions of sustainable development require that we see the world as a system, a system that combines
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As prime minister of Norway and the chair of the world commission on environment on environment and development, she aimed to analyse the concept of sustainable development as “development that fulfils the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to fulfil theirs”. Since 1987, when the report was first published, all over the world, this concept has been accepted.

EU sustainable development
Sustainable development stands for meeting the needs of present generations without threatening the ability of future generations. It offers a perception of progress that incorporates immediate and long-term objectives, local and global actions, and regards social, economic and environmental issues.
In July 2009 there was a review of all the EU sustainable development strategies. It indicates that in recent years the EU has integrated sustainable development into a broad range of its policies. The EU has leaded the way in the fight against climate change and the advance of a low-carbon economy.
In December 2009, the European council confirmed that “sustainable development remains a fundamental object of the European union in the Lisbon treaty”. There were a number of unsustainable trends that required urgent action.
1. Restrict and alter climate change
2. Decrease high-energy consumption in transport
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It must also increase the share of renewables in final energy consumption to 16% and must move forward and towards a 20% increase in energy efficiency.
Ireland must reduce the percentage of 18-24 year olds with at most, a lower secondary education and not in further education and training at 8%. Ireland must also increase the share of 30-34 year olds having completed tertiary or the equivalent education to at least 60%.
Social inclusion and poverty reduction
Ireland must reduce the number of people experiencing consistent poverty to 4% by 2016 and 2% or less by 2020 from the recent survey which showed 6.3% of the population are experiencing poverty. Ireland must reduce the amount of people by at least 200,000 to contribute to Europe by

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