Brundtland Commission

UN commission

The Brundtland Commission[1] was created by the United Nations in 1983 to reflect about ways to save the human environment and natural resources and prevent deterioration of economic and social development.

The UN General Assembly thought that environmental problems were global in nature and determined that it was in the common interest of all nations to establish policies for sustainable development.[2]

Brundtland Report


The Report of the Brundtland Commission was published by Oxford University Press in 1987. The full text of the Brundtland Report Archived 2007-08-09 at the Wayback Machine can be downloaded as a copy of the UN General Assembly document A/42/427 - a 25 Mbyte [pdf] file. Also available from Wikisource Brundtland Report.

The report deals with sustainable development and the change of politics needed for achieving that. The definition of this term in the report is quite well known and often cited:

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

Notes and references

  1. formally the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED), known by the name of its Chair Gro Harlem Brundtland
  2. United Nations. 1987. "Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development." General Assembly Resolution 42/187, 11 December 1987. Retrieved: 2007-04-10