Sustainable Development Usefulness

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Introduction In 1987, the concept of sustainable development was published in the Brundtland report (United Nations, 1987). According to the Brundland report, the definition of sustainable development was “development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” (United Nations, 1987). Three major areas of development were economic, social and environment. The balance between these three major areas was important when development. Nowadays, the concept is generally accepted for the blueprint of future development in many countries including developed and developing countries. It is easily find that lots of government use the concept of sustainable development as their policy…show more content…
Some opinions said the sustainable development completely changed the policy system and policy maker (United Nations, 2012). Concerning the environmental and social aspect rather than only the economic, it is the success of the sustainable development in these 30 years. However, the usefulness of the concept is still uncertain. Is it really a right way for sustainable development in guiding the environmental policy making and management? There are some cases showing the sustainable development fail in policy making and management. As a result, it is necessary to evaluate the usefulness of sustainable development. The following will discuss the usefulness and limitation of sustainable development in guiding environmental policy making and management. After the discussion, it will compare both sides and conclude how useful of sustainable…show more content…
The international organizations are powerful and playing a leader role in global level. Therefore, they can influence other organizations or countries to adopt sustainable development in their policy making and management. For example, the World Bank has affirmed a commitment to sustainable globalization that enhances growth with care for the environment (United Nations , 2010). Thus, the financial and banking industry is following the World Bank, adopt the sustainable development in their corporate policy. Moreover, sustainable development allows stakeholders to adapt the concept freely. Thus, organizations can base on their characteristic to adjust and create unique sustainable development plan. World Trade Organization contributes to sustainable development through open borders and the removals of barriers to trade (United Nations , 2010). These shows that the sustainable development is not a fixed concept, all sectors can enjoy flexibility. Moreover, many international organizations used sustainable development and practiced well in cost-saving (United Nations , 2010). It also shows that sustainable development is useful in policy
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