Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies Program on Energy and Sustainable Development Stanford University


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Recovering Sustainable Development

Journal Article

Author
David G. Victor

Published by
Foreign Affairs, Vol. 85 no. 1
January/February 2006


Sustainable development - the notion that boosting economic growth, protecting natural resources, and ensuring social justice can be complementary goals - has lost much appeal over the past two decades, the victim of woolly thinking and interest-group politics. The concept can be relevant again, but only if its original purpose - helping the poor live healthier lives on their own terms - is restored.