Sustainability means different things to different people.
In fact, there are more than 350 documented definitions of sustainability and sustainable development. The most popular definition comes from United Nations, which describes sustainability as “the process of meeting present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs”.
The United Nations describes either “three pillars of sustainability”: environmental sustainability, social sustainability, and economic sustainability.
Environmental sustainability means preservation of environmental resources and biodiversity, creation of sustainable access to safe drinking water, and enhancement of quality of life among the most impoverished.
Social sustainability refers to the improvement of daily life for the greatest number of people through improving fair income distribution; promoting gender equality; ensuring equal access to land ownership, employment, and education; investing in basic health and education; and enlisting the participation of beneficiaries.
Economic sustainability is “an economy’s capacity to regularly produce outcomes consistent with long-term economic development”.
ABM VIP Consulting® has participated at the international conference “Leading Change European Progressives for Green Growth and Climate Action”, which took place in Copenhagen, Denmark on the 11th of October, 2016 (the event had been organized by SOCIALDEMOKRATIET and PES).
Representatives from fourteen European countries discussed important thematic issues with the focus on climate action and green growth in Europe.