Economy What is sustainable development, explained Updated : August 16, 2019 12:13 PM IST The concept first became widespread in 1987 after the World Commission on Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission) published a report on the same. The United Nations in order to achieve the same laid out 17 practical goals or desirable outcomes, such as the UN Sustainable Development goals in 2015. Sustainable development impacts cross-political boundaries and the implementation requires local and individual actions. Subscribe to Moneycontrol PRO at just Rs.33/- per month for the first year. Use code SUPERPRO. Limited period offer. Available on Web and Android.