History of sustainable development
The history of sustainable development can be seen in context beginning with the early 1990s when the term sustainable development came into limelight during the 1990 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development, or Earth Summit was the first international conference to use the term. The conference called for the establishment of "sustainable development” to nudge all the governments worldwide to promote social and economic equality along with environment protection. Sustainable development was first introduced as a term in 1987 with the publication of “Our Common Future”, a report written by the Brund
tland Commission, thus also called “Brundtland Report”. This document outlined how economic and environmental issues must be tackled together for global well-being.
In 1993, the World Summit for Sustainable Development or The United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the 'Earth Summit', was held from 3-14 June 1992 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This global conference held on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the first Human Environment Conference in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1972, brought together political leaders, diplomats, scientists, representatives of the media and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from 179 countries for a massive effort to focus on the impact of human socio-economic activities on the environment.
The concept of sustainable development has since gained traction, leading to the adoption of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015. These 17 goals seek to reduce poverty and inequalities while also protecting our planet from degradation and climate change. The SDGs are seen as an important step forward in addressing complex challenges facing humanity, but their success ultimately rests on human action and dedication.
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