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Synonyms: SD

The concept of sustainable development was introduced in the World Conservation Strategy (IUCN 1980) and had its roots in the concept of a sustainable society and in the management of renewable resources. Adopted by the WCED in 1987 and by the Rio Conference in 1992 as a process of change in which the exploitation of resources, the direction of investments, the orientation of technological development, and institutional change are all in harmony and enhance both current and future potential to meet human needs and aspirations. SD integrates the political, social, economic and environmental dimensions. (IPCC)

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Alliance of Small Island StatesAn ad hoc coalition of low-lying and island countries. These nations are particularly vulnerable to rising sea levels and share common positions on climate change. The 43 members and observers are American Samoa, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cape Verde, Comoros, Cook Islands, ..., sustainable marketsSustainable markets involves sustainable production, design and transport and offers consumers sustainable goods and services. It also involves fair working conditions for all involved in a process., agenda 21, economic growthIdeally, economic growth is decoupled from energy consumption. This can be achieved through different measures, one of them being energy efficiency or a shift towards less energy intensive sectors, such as services.

Broader terms:
sustainabilityIn order to survive, all life, including human life, depends either directly or indirectly on the natural environment. Sustainability is a principle where current requirements are met while the livelihoods of future generations are not threatened., international development

Narrower terms:
climate compatible development project finance, climate justice, climate compatible developmentClimate compatible development is development that minimises the harm caused by climate impacts, while maximising the many human development opportunities presented by transitions to a low emissions, resilient future. Charting a path towards climate compatible development will be a major ..., sustainable livelihoodsSustainable livelihood includes job opportunities that are of a non-invasive type, and exclude extensive felling, heavy fishery, mono-cultures and other activities than permanently harm the environment; it also includes an lifestyle that takes care of any gives assets, such as fresh water or ..., climate change as a threat to MDGSome impacts of climate change can have a direct effect on the achievement of the millennium development goals., energy justice, Sustainable Development GoalsSince Rio+20, there is commitment for the of post-2015 development goals to take over after the Millennium Development Goals and the establishment of the new Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs., rural development, non-carbon benefits, sectors for sustainable development, stakeholder engagement, water-energy-food nexusThe Water, Energy and Food Nexus takes a holistic approach that takes into consideration the trade-offs that exits between water, energy and food and tries to overcome traditional silo-thinking., green growthGreen growth means promoting economic growth while reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, minimising waste and inefficient use of natural resources, and maintaining biodiversity. Green growth means improving health prospects for populations and strengthening energy security through ..., policy options, social development, pro-poor developmentThe pursuit of pro-poor growth – sometimes called ‘shared’ or ‘inclusive’ growth – has been central to development thinking and practice in the 2000s. It reflects two concerns that emerged in the 1990s: one, that rates of growth in developing countries had to increase if they were ...

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