Socially unsustainable development

Other Names:
Culturally unsustainable development

Development is socially unsustainable as long as people have inadequate control over their own lives and experience their community identity as being continually eroded. Development is culturally unsustainable as long as it is incompatible with the culture and values of the people affected by it as determined by their own participation in the development process.

One example of socially unsustainable development is the devastating effect the paper pulp industry is having upon the countries of the southern hemisphere. This indisutry, previously considered environmentally benign, is responsible for wide spread misery, destitution and destruction of local communities, their land and the forests around them, particularly in Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, Indonesia, Thailand and South Africa.

Broader Problems:
Unsustainable development
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 1: No PovertyGOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 14: Life Below WaterGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal
Problem Type:
C: Cross-sectoral problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST