|Toward Sustainable Development in Public Health: Public Health Agency of Canada Sustainable Development Strategy 2007- 2010|
|2006-2010, North America|
Almost twenty years ago, the World Commission on Environment and Development (the "Brundtland Commission") defined sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs." Since then, the concept of sustainable development is increasingly influencing public policy and the behaviour of leading corporations worldwide.
With its mandate for leadership in public health, PHAC makes a substantial contribution to sustainable development by emphasizing the health of populations and the integrated impact of the economic, social and environmental factors that influence them.