The global compact with Africa : the contribution of the food security and sustainable development division
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
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Sustainable development was defined by the Brundtland Commission as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". But, it is better appreciated in terms of the goal of non-declining human well being, per person or non-declining stock of capital per person. For African countries, contending with the effects of widespread poverty and the raising of living standards to acceptable levels would be the first priority in the efforts leading to the attainment of sustainable development. This should be attained without degradation of the natural environment (the stock of total capital is both manmade and natural).