International Law and Sustainable Development: Principles and Practice

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THE EVOLVING REGIME ON CLIMATE CHANGE
AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Gerhard Loibl


1. Introduction

Since the concept of “sustainable development” was enshrined in the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development 19921 it has become a central issue of the activities on the international, regional and national levels. The Brundtland Report placed it at the very heart of future efforts to achieve an equilibrium between environmental protection, economic development and social concerns.2 Until today the description of “sustainable development” contained on the Brundtland Report is the only one which gained international acceptance. Efforts for a more detailed definition or description have not been successful to far. Although the concept of “sustainable development” is to be found in large number of international instruments3 and has been referred to in interSee Principle 1 of the Rio

Declaration on Environment and Development.
On the notion of “sustainable development” see the Brundtland Report (The World
Commission on Environment and Development, Our Common Future (1987), 43). See
also ILA New Delhi Declaration of Principles of International Law Relating to Sustain-
able Development 2002 which lists the main principles of international law which have
a bearing on achieving the overall aim of sustainable development. Cf. also the work
of OECD in the area of sustainable development.

Cf. Birnie/Boyle, International Law and the Environment, Oxford, 2nd ed., 2001, 84
ff.

lico Schrijver and Friedl Weiss (Eds.), International Law and Sustainable Development. Principles
and Practice
, © 2004 Koninklijke Brill NV. Printed in The Netherlands, pp. 97–118.

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