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


Image of Cover

Recovering Sustainable Development

Journal Article

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.