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An Analysis of The Brundtland Commission's Our Common Future





ISBN 9781912128754
Published July 19, 2017 by Macat Library
98 Pages

 
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Our Common Future is a joint work produced in 1987 by a United Nations commission headed by former Norwegian Prime Minister, Gro Brundtland. Also known as The Brundtland Report, it offers a classic approach to problem solving by first asking a productive question.

How do we protect the world we live in for future generations, while at the same time stimulating economic and social development right now? The solution the work proposes is “sustainable development”, defined in the report as humanity’s ability “to ensure that it meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” The key conclusion the report came to – that we need long-term strategies to manage the earth’s natural resources – proved to be so universally welcomed it introduced the term “sustainability” into the everyday language of international politics. Solving the problem of workable sustainable development became a hot topic, leading to the birth of a new academic discipline, environmental economics. The book offered a solution to the problem of ensuring sustainable development by highlighting the critical importance of international cooperation.

Table of Contents

Ways in to the Text  

Who is Gro Brundtland? 

What does Our Common Future Say?  

Why does Our Common Future Matter? 

Section 1: Influences 

Module 1: The Author and the Historical Context  

Module 2: Academic Context  

Module 3: The Problem 

Module 4: The Author's Contribution  

Section 2: Ideas  

Module 5: Main Ideas 

Module 6: Secondary Ideas 

Module 7: Achievement  

Module 8: Place in the Author's Work  

Section 3: Impact 

Module 9: The First Responses 

Module 10: The Evolving Debate  

Module 11: Impact and Influence Today  

Module 12: Where Next? 

Glossary of Terms  

People Mentioned in the Text  

Works Cited

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Biography

Dr Ksenia Gerasimova holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, where she is currently an Affiliated Lecturer at the Centre for Development Studies.