Sustainable development is a development approach which aims to meet the needs of present generations without jeopardising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Sustainable development represents a lever for innovation, and an opportunity to reassess our economic model, to ensure that our societies, the planet and our economy have a sustainable future.
The Agenda 2030 for sustainable development was adopted by 195 countries at the United Nations General Assembly in 2015. It includes 17 goals that incorporate the three dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and environmental. The monitoring and implementation of the 17 sustainable development goals in Belgium falls under the responsibility of various public authorities.
In Belgium, sustainable development is a matter for the federal state, regions, communities and municipalities. To implement a sustainable development policy, we rely on:
- the law of 1997 (fr) laying down federal policy in the area of sustainable development;
- the Sustainable Development Goals (fr) (SDGs) adopted at the Rio Summit;
- the opinion on the long-term vision for sustainable development 2050 (fr) from the Federal Council for Sustainable Development (FRDO).
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