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.