The environmental underpinnings and implications of development have long been the focus of international attention, and certainly since 1983 when the General Assembly of the United Nations formed the World Commission on Environment and Development (WCED). The WCED went on to publish its findings in 1987, which subsequently became known as the Brundtland Report. The realisation that environmental problems have major implications for humanity, while their solution often challenges existing forms of governance and orthodox views, and that all nations stand to benefit from sustainable forms of development, drove establishment of the WCED. Although the subject has changed dramatically over the last two to three decades, issues such as environmental degradation, sustainability and governance continue to feature prominently in environment and development discourse.


Prof David Taylor
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore

Seminar Details:

BES Seminar Series – Environment and Development in Africa 25 Jan 2013

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