Sustainability in practice

A Google search for the word “sustainability” gave 970 million hits in English and 12 million in Arabic. The difference between the two reflects much more than just disparities in levels of awareness and usage.

In 1987, the UN defined sustainability as “meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” This definition is based on a concept of intergenerational justice developed by the World Commission on Environment and Development chaired at the time by former Norwegian prime minister Gro Harlem Brundtland.

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