A brief overview of sustainable development: a debated concept with a much-contested legal nature

Natali Francine Cinelli Moreira

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Sustainable development has reached a center stage in the international agenda. The most different international actors – States, international organizations and non-state actors – have been taking efforts to launch conferences on the issue, to negotiate and to implement all sort of international commitments in order to promote sustainable development. It has become a global objective. Despite its leading role within the international community, sustainable development remains an unclear issue in international law. There is neither a universal agreed concept, nor a consensus on its legal nature. Nonetheless, these gaps are fulfilled by a rich literature that explores both issues, and, even though a compromise has not been reached as to many facets of the discussion, the fact is that a consensus is found regarding the crucial role sustainable development could perform in the decision-making.

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sustainable development; legal nature; decision-making

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5102/rdi.v16i2.5972

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