Why do we need research on sustainable development?

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

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Research on sustainable development

The term sustainable development appeared firstly in 'Our Common Future', also known as the 'Brundtland Report' in 1987. SUM was established by the University of Oslo  in 1990 as a direct consequence of the 1987 report by the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED), popularly known as the Brundtland Commission.

At SUMs anniversary the 17th of September 2015, Gro Harlem Brundtland did this video for us, arguing that we need new generations of researchers to help us move the world in the right direction. We at SUM hope to contribute to just that!

Published Oct. 1, 2015 10:22 AM - Last modified Oct. 6, 2015 10:12 AM