Sustainable development is usually defined in three intertwined dimensions. Ecology that seeks diversity for best adaptation of ecosystems and the functioning recycling of materials and energy within the Earth’s various spheres. Finance seeking resources and equitable sharing of assets. Social development that seeks for people’s participation in political governance and empowerment, to be able to think and choose for themselves.
Global sustainable development is about shared responsibility, long-term management of natural resources and equal human rights. When resources become scarce and the environment degrade various interests are confronted and conflicts are created. These conflicts need to be defined and discussed to change and evolve constructively. Today, it requires that we cooperate across all borders.
If the purpose of joint efforts are sustainable development, the Millennium goals are one milestone. With regard to cooperation on natural resources as a means to prevent or mitigate conflict, it is a particular focus on Millenium Goal 7.
Goal 7: Ensure environmental sustainability.
Integrate the principles of sustainable development into country policies and programs, reverse the trend of declining natural resources.
Reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water.
Achieve significant improvement in lives of at least 100 million people in the slums, by 2020.
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