The 1983 World Commission on Environment and Development states that: "sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs". This definition was adopted in Canada's Federal Sustainable Development Act.
The Government of Canada is looking for input from Canadians on the draft second cycle of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS), covering the period 2013 to 2016. Canadians are encouraged to submit comments before June 14, 2013 on the advancement of federal sustainable development initiatives by visiting Environment Canada's website.
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Health Canada is committed to sustainable development by delivering on its core vision and mission:
To help Canadians maintain and improve their health and to make this country's population among the healthiest in the world as measured by longevity, lifestyle and effective use of the public health care system.
Implicit in this vision is the recognition that social, economic and environmental conditions play an important role in determining the state of human health, for both present and future generations.
Sustainable development and health are inseparable. Sustainable development cannot occur without a healthy population. A healthy population, in turn, relies on sustainable development, which includes a healthy environment, a well-functioning economy, social support networks and strong communities.
Human beings are at the centre of concern for sustainable development. They are entitled to a healthy and productive life in harmony with nature.
Principle 1: Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, 1992