Apparently sustainable development was first contemplated 1997 in the Treaty of Amsterdam which came into force 1999.
A review of what has been accomplished since then was published 2009. Two things stand out:
The availability of natural resources will be 30% above sustainable in 2050 when the population is calculated to become 9bn.
Furthermore, money invested in research and development have gone from 1.85% of GDP to 1.83% between 2000 and 2007 and thus deviates from the 2010 EU goal of 3%.
The EU goal is set because the current levels for the USA and Japan are 3% and over.
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