Commission on Sustainable Development

The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was established by the General Assembly in 1992. Its purpose is to review the implementation of the decisions of the Rio Conference at the local, regional and global levels, as well as to improve UN activities in the field of environment and development.

The term "sustainable development" was introduced at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro - the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. The term stands for development with balanced environmental, economic and social dimensions.

More on Commission on Sustainable Development

The individual documents from the Commission on Sustainable Development carry the following symbols:

E/ Economic and Social Council

-/CN.17 Commission number 17 = Commission on Sustainable Development


-/current number

Ex. E/CN.17/2003/6 Economic and Social Council, Commission on Sustainable Development, year 2003, document 6

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