The World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED) better known as the Brundtland Commission, defined sustainable development as:
“Development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”
While sustainable development has been widely accepted as the most appropriate development paradigm, there are still some difficulties with its implementation. Southern Africa is still faced with environmental challenges such as: climate variability and climate change, desertification and land degradation, threats to freshwater resources and to biodiversity.
The Sustainable Development Programme of the HBS in the region will work in the areas of climate change and biopolitics. We will work to make policy-makers, decision-makers and other stakeholders realise that it is only when sustainable development principles are taken into account in regional policy and practice that the problems idenfied above will begin to be addressed.
For more information, please contact Kulthoum Omari, Sustainable Development Programme Manager at Kulthoum.Omari'at'za.boell.org or Tigere Chagutah, Climate Governance in Africa Programme Manager at Tigere.Chagutah'at'za.boell.org.