Advocating sustainable development

Promoting environmentally sustainable development
Supporting sustainable development
Encouraging ecologically sustainable development
Sustainable development represents an intended approach which should provide solutions to the development problems within all the dimensions of social systems and their environments. From a political perspective, this calls for a political system that secures effective citizen participation in decision-making. From an economic perspective, this calls for a system that is able to generate surpluses on a self-reliant and self-sustained basis. From an ethical perspective, this calls for a social system that provides solutions to the tensions that arise from disharmonious development. From an environmental perspective, this calls for a production system that respects obligation to preserve the ecological basis for development. From a conceptual perspective, this calls for a technological system that can search continuously for new solutions. From an institutional perspective, this calls for an administrative system that is flexible and has the capacity for self-correction. From a global perspective, this calls for an international system that fosters sustainable and enduring patterns of trade and finance.
At the dawn of this new century, we have at our disposal the human and material resources to achieve sustainable development, not as an abstract concept but as a concrete reality. The unprecedented developments in production and information technologies, the emergence of a younger generation with a clear sense of optimism, solidarity and values, women increasingly aware and with an enhanced and active role in society - all point to the emergence of a new consciousness. We can decrease poverty by half by 2015 without degrading the environment, we can ensure environmental security through early warning, we can better integrate environmental consideration in economic policy, we can better coordinate legal instruments and we can realize a vision of a world without slums. We commit ourselves to realizing this common vision.
The Centre for Our Common Future, promotes initiatives outlined in the report of the World Commission on Environment and Development through a network of 250 partner organizations concerned to ensure that concepts and actions designed to ensure the challenges of sustainable development are seriously followed-up.
Counter Claim:
In the broad manner in which it is defined and without operational indicators and measurements, sustainable development may be seen as just another "motherhood and apple pie" objective that inhibits critical examination. For the concept to be operationally useful it must be more than just an expression of social values or political preferences disguised in scientific language. It should be definable such that individuals and groups with widely differing values, political preferences, or assumptions about human nature, could agree whether the criteria are being met in a concrete development program.
Changing personal attitudes
Respecting community of life
Changing consumption patterns
Conserving global biodiversity
Advocating responsible tourism
Limiting depletion of resources
Improving quality of human life
Promoting transparency in trade
Promoting indigenous development
Lobbying on environmental issues
Promoting sustainable capitalism
Promoting sustainable livelihoods
Promoting sustainable agriculture
Promoting sustainable organizations
Testifying at environmental hearings
Cooperating for sustainable development
Promoting gender-responsive development
Promoting sustainable energy consumption
Promoting sustainable use of biodiversity
Establishing codes of practice for science
Promoting sustainable rangeland management
Sharing the benefits in biodiversity conservation
Producing declaration on habitat preservation
Promoting environmentally sound economic growth
Promoting sustainable use of forest biodiversity
Promoting open trade for sustainable development
Promoting environmentally friendly paper products
Developing international sustainable energy policy
Promoting sustainable development in decision making
Providing assistance to community environmental action
Increasing public awareness of sustainable development
Creating global alliance for environmental sustainability
Promoting sustainable development in transition economies
Adopting integrated approaches to sustainable development
Promoting proactive approaches to sustainable development
Promoting involvement of civil society in sustainable development
Strengthening role of indigenous communities for sustainable development
Promoting cooperation on sustainable transport for health and environment
Strengthening participation of women in sustainable development programmes
Promoting regional and subregional capacity building for sustainable development
Providing access to appropriate technology
Ensuring sustainable energy in human settlements
Promoting ecofeminism
Type Classification:
D: Detailed strategies
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