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We see the expression “sustainable development” everywhere these days, but what does it mean? Can we really pursue sustainable economic growth without harming our societies and the environment? And if we pursue prosperity today, are we condemning our children and grandchildren to poverty tomorrow?
Foreword by Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD
Chapter 1. At the Crossroads
If we want to maintain economic growth, reduce poverty and save our environment, we must think hard about the choices we make.
Chapter 2. What Is Sustainable Development?
Sustainable development means designing the right mix of economic, social and environmental policies for today and for tomorrow.
Chapter 3. Challenges of a Global World
No country on its own can tackle global issues like climate change and managing our planet’s resources.
Chapter 4. The Future Is Now
The decisions we take today will affect not only our world, but also the world we pass on to future generations.
Chapter 5. Production and Consumption
All the things we buy have to be grown, extracted or manufactured and then transported and – sooner or later – disposed of.
Chapter 6. Measuring Sustainability
An accurate understanding of our economic, natural and social resources is key to developing sustainable policies.
Chapter 7. Government and Civil Society
Change for the better rarely just “happens”. It needs the support and involvement of many different groups and institutions.
"The new OECD publication Sustainable Development is a must read for all involved in the area....and particularly for those not yet. It clearly gives a historic perspective on where we have come from, what we have achieved and the serious challenges we still have to face. The convergence of environmental, developmental and security challenges of the future are identified should we not rise to the challenges facing us quickly enough. The book also helps us to understand what role OECD has played and can play in this landscape while also showing that only be working together can we seriously hope to create a sustainable and equitable world. It calls for a broad based dialogue on how we might move forward something an Earth Summit in 2012 might ensure becomes a blueprint for the a more sustainable future.”
Executive Director, Stakeholder Forum
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OECD senior economist Candice Stevens on sustainable development (also available in HD)