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Making Sustainable Development a Reality: The Role of Social and Ecological Standards  

Making Sustainable Development a Reality: The Role of Social and Ecological Standards

This paper aims to explore options for promoting sustainable development througth social and ecological standards, and seek to make those options more accessible to development cooperation. The sustainable development vision (presented in Chapter 2) is overarching goal of German development cooperation. Five guiding principles for action are: the resource management for inter-generational equity, the social justice, the partner and the coherency. The major challenges associated with a real orientation towards the sustainable is also tackled in Chapter 3. Chapter 3 finally concludes by summarising the challenging implications that embracing the sustainable development vision entails. Chapter 4 presents the definition, criteria and functions of standards. Standards inititives endeavour to concretise and make binding the abstract vision of sustainable development by designing concrete standards. The chapter concludes with a description of development policy demands upon, and the limits to, standards initiatives. Chapter 5 deals with the role played by standards of sustainable development in practical development cooperation, and how development cooperation can support the introduction of standards as an instrument of sustainable development.


Uploaded on: Feb 2006
File size: 1.1 MB - Language: English
Keyword(s): Development Concepts/Approaches , Economic Development
Category: Economy

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