The idea of Sustainable Development has taken the fore of recent international discussions globally. The earliest definition of sustainable development comes from the Bruntland Commission i.e. the World Commission on Environment and Development (1987):
"Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."
IPAC closely follows the global rendition on sustainable development and aims to engage with the civil society, in India and globally, to support and build capacity of the civil society to undertake lobbying activities in support of their strategic interventions on the matter.
The following are the specific issues of focus for IPAC under the broad definition of sustainable development:
- Climate Change: Climate change is now a global reality and several studies of the UN indicate the phenomenon as a driver of global poverty, vulnerability and inequality and has even been envisioned a post-2015 Development Goal.
- Extractives: Extractive Industries and the extractives sector form an important component of any developing economy. Excessive abuse of these resources can leave not only an ever lasting impact on civilization but also threatens the availability of resources for future generations.
- Rural Energy: Rural electrification and rural energy have been a challenge to many developing economies. Developing mechanisms of rural energy would ease the pressures of urbanization and provide for horizontal opportunities of economic development in any economy.
- Sustainable Use of Water: Clear drinking water is the most basic essential for sustaining human life. Water has remained a key indicator of socio-economic development and poverty alleviation. Currently in many parts of the world and in India, there is a lack of access to clean water which in turn also mostly affects women and girls in their daily life.