Deciphering ‘Sustainable Development’

Deciphering sestainable development affifs article by Jeneane
What exactly is sustainable development? The word sustainable is easily defined but the word development is an umbrella of different connotations. What does sustainable development mean to your country? And more importantly, how has THIMUN Qatar aided your country’s progress towards sustainable development?

The Roots
The concept of sustainable development was first developed by The World Commission on Environment and Development, initiated by the General Assembly of the UN in 1982. Their report titled ‘Our Common Future’ published in 1987 defined sustainable development to be:

The ‘ability to make development sustainable — to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.’

The U.S. National Research Council published a study on sustainable development. Their report, Our Common Journey: A Transition toward Sustainability, focuses on the distinction between what is to be developed and what is to be sustained, and the relationship between the two. The report lists Nature, Life Support and Community as things that need to be sustained. People, the Economy and Society are the report’s suggestions to be developed.

What you have to say
To the delegate of Greece at the 2nd General Assembly, sustainable development means reducing unemployment rate because “it is the only thing holding Greece back from sustainable development.” These resolutions will hopefully give all countries the ability to start moving towards sustainable development.

By Afif Haitsam
Photo By Jeneane Jaber