the early 1970ies, the Club of Rome had presented, for the first
time, how limited resources could set limits to growth. The ecological
movement and many scientists had, since the late sixties, become
increasingly aware of how we were approaching limits to the burdens
that we could load upon Nature’s capacity to absorb the effects
of human activities.
the Report “Our Common Future” played its maybe most
important role in clearly establishing the link between environment
and development. In spite of the common belief that the goals of
environmental protection and economic development are incompatible,
the Report proved that neither of them is sustainable without proper
attention to both.
Conference on Sustainable Development Strategies calls for new policies
that sustain and expand the environmental resource base. It calls
for a new approach and instruments, in our common effort to reach
the Millenium Declaration Goals – to eradicate poverty, to
improve education and health, to ensure environmental sustainability.
And, last but not least, it calls for contributions to a culture
of “sustainable development as freedom”, as a paradigm-altering
foundation for understanding the demands of economic development
in the twenty-first century.