The concept of Sustainable Development (SD) is first coined out of a well-thought report submitted by the Brundtland Commission in 1987. Although the definition of SD is presented in many fashionable ways, the Bruntland Report’s definition is adopted by most institutions worldwide, including the World Bank (http://www.worldbank.org/depweb/english/sd.html) and International Institute for Sustainable Development (http://www.iisd.org/sd/):
“Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own needs.”
Beyond definition, these institutions also provide further unrestricted information and useful questions that enhance deeper understanding of the concept of SD. The United Nations’ Division on SD is not only actively playing a leading role in “promoting and coordinating implementation of the sustainable development agenda of the United Nations” but has also developed a Knowledge Platform on SD, which is accessible to everybody (http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/about.html).
The new UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) endorsed by various governments, corporate organisations, religious bodies and non-governmental institutions are helping to spread the subject of Sustainability or SD everywhere.