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In so doing, greater insight is gained into what sustainable development means in practice: the nature and extent of the challenges for action, for whom and where, for example. Inequalities in access to resources The influence of issues of population in shaping modern environmentalism was seen in Chapter 1. Currently, it is not doubted that in some countries the ability of governments to provide basic needs of shelter, food, water and employment for their populations becomes increasingly difficult with rising numbers.
247). 9. Conservation itself was defined as being more than nature preservation (which had been the traditional focus of IUCN since its formation in 1952) and the strategy encompassed many more positive ideas concerning sustainable utilisation and enhancement of the natural environment. In the early 1980s, the World Commission on Environment and Development was charged explicitly with formulating proposals for dealing with the critical environment and development issues of the globe. The ‘Brundtland Report’ (named after its Chair, the former Prime Minister of Norway, Gro Harlem Brundtland) extended the ideas of sustainable development significantly beyond those of the WCS and did much to disseminate the popular and political use of the term.
The ‘technical’ issue in theory had become a highly political and ethical one in practice. Throughout the campaigns, however, India’s government was supported by the World Bank, western aid agencies and western governments, both in monetary terms and through statements praising the government’s ‘hard-headedness’ in the family planning drive. At the First World Population Conference in 1974, there was much disagreement between the developed and developing countries over the relationship between population and development and the specific role of family planning programmes.
An Introduction to Sustainable Development: 2nd Edition (Routledge Introductions to Development) by J. Elliott