One of the most common definitions of sustainable development was proposed by the Brundtland Commission in their report, Our Common Future, published by Oxford University Press in 1987. It defines sustainable development as:
"Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
How do we address the needs of the present without adversely impacting the ability for future generations to do the same? According to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), "sustainable development implies a broad view of human welfare, a long term perspective about the consequences of today's activities, and the full involvement of civil society to reach viable solutions."
The OECD's mission is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. Learn more about sustainable development and the OECD mission: