ADB Sustainable Development Timeline

Publication | March 2011

Sustainable development, as defined by the World Commission on Environment and Development in 1987, is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet theirs.

The pursuit of sustainable development is a balancing act: it requires the implementation of policies, strategies, programs, and projects that treat environment and development as a single issue; it also demands changes in the mindsets, attitudes, and behaviors of stakeholders.

ADB promotes sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific. Many milestones have marked the journey. This evolving timeline catalogs major sector and thematic landmarks in ADB's operations since 1966.