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Towards Sustainable Development: The Role of Social Protection

  • Marco Mira d'Ercole
  • Andrea Salvini

Three main elements characterise the notion of sustainable development: first, a broad view of human well-being, in which environmental and social elements are important as well as economic ones; second, the view that many of the effects of today's decisions will last over time, thereby affecting the well-being of future generations; third, the view that many of today's problems have their roots in actions and policies in other fields, whose unintended consequences may not be coherent with society's broader priorities and aspirations. While particularly relevant in the environment field, Chapter 1 argues that these notions also permeate analysis of a large range of social concerns. This is so in particular because of their intergenerational dimension. Social problems affecting individuals in a given phase of their life-course often influence their opportunities at a later phase, as well as those of their offspring. Most social programmes also represent a form of intergenerational ... Trois éléments principaux caractérisent la notion de développement durable : d’abord, une vision large du bien-être humain, suivant laquelle les aspects sociaux et environnementaux sont importants, au même titre que les aspects économiques; en second lieu, l’idée qu’une bonne part des conséquences des décisions prises aujourd’hui auront un effet durable et affecteront donc le bien-être des générations futures; troisièmement la prise en compte du fait qu’un grand nombre de problèmes actuels ont pour origine des actions et des politiques concernant d’autres domaines et dont les conséquences non voulues peuvent ne pas être cohérentes avec les priorités et les aspirations plus larges de la société. Tout en concernant particulièrement le domaine de l’environnement, le chapitre 1 montre que ces idées s’appliquent également à l’analyse de nombreuses questions sociales. Cela tient en particulier à leur dimension inter-générationnelle. Les problèmes sociaux qui touchent les individus ...

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