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ISBN-13: 978-0192820808 ISBN-10: 019282080X Edition: 1St Edition

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  • Series: Oxford Paperbacks
  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; 1St Edition edition (May 21, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 019282080X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192820808
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 4.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #447,929 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`a remarkably comprehensive guide to environmental concerns around the world. The book is a compact educator.' Garbage

`The ... volume is one of thorough analysis and passionate argument...it contains much lively challenge.' Reconciliation Quarterly

`a bold and important document. What is more, unlike so many prestigious predecessors of this genre, it is highly readable ...Our Common Future should underpin all the current deliberations on the state of the world economy.' Jonathon Porritt, The Diplomat

'The volume is one of thorough analysis and passionate argument ... it contains much lively challenge ... essentially a specialist study which usefully avoids the exaggerations of ideology which have often bedevilled the whole debate on aid.'

'Essential reading for courses on development.' P.J. O'Brien, University of Glasgow

'The most important document of the decade on the future of the world.' The Advertiser, Australia

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The Brundtland Commission - formally the World Commission on Environment and Development (W.C.E.D.), known by the name of its Chair G.R.O. Harlem Brundtland, was convened by the United Nations in response to the 1983 General Assembly Resolution A/38/161 - "Process of preparation of the Environmental Perspective to the Year 2000 and Beyond" welcoming the establishment of such a Commission.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Glory on September 24, 2013
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Informative and Startling!
This is a book that you need to be careful to understand exactly what is being communicated between the lines- because rich and powerful people have been changing laws for years that are affecting all of us. This book has nothing to do with those who are changing the laws it is their insights and desires and accumlative research. You might want to write in a notebook while your reading this book and research the organizations and ideas the book discusses. This would give you a much clearer picture.
Lots of acronyms WHO, IMF, WWF, WMO WRI, So many there is a section in the beginning of the book to help you keep up. A lot of the information seems right and good, very good-
However, even though they have so many suggestive plans for they organizations who are involved, it left me with feeling, "Lord, what can I do to help. The world's in a mess, I want to help?"

I do agree with a lot of the information in this book- for instance, we don't need more weapons in the world- we need more humanity.

However, concerning food production, I don't think that it should be the United Nations responsibility to provide food for the world- this responsibility should fall to ourselves and our education of ourselves to garden more- to learn what is edible on our lands- to grow and cultivate fruit/nut trees and all these sort- But, now a days we have been getting out of school and not even a bit of knowledge of how to care for our needs- only to be able to work for the man or the mammon as some might say. Our agriculture education needs to be enhanced, greatly.

This book talks a lot about sustainable growth and of increasing the GNP of our economies - this would add more taxes to our government.

A wealth of information- you need to read it!
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 1997
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While the topic of this text, sustainable development, is interesting, the text is not. The first chapter provides most of what is necessary to understand the commission's findings. The 300+ pages which follow are filled with too many examples, which disrupts the flow of the book.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By H. Zajac on June 15, 2013
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This text was super boring. I HAD to read part of it for a class. I wouldn't waste your time on this book when there are much better ones available on the same subject.
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