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Sustainable development is a concept that seeks to ensure that economic, environmental and social and cultural factors are central to the way development is taken forward to ensure the needs of society are addressed in both the present day, and in the longer term.
Across the United Kingdom each country has included the concept of sustainable development in national policy and legislation. However, all definitions share a focus on the needs of present and future generations, and each nation recognises the importance of sustainable development in relation to the design of infrastructure.
Definitions of sustainable development applicable to the Overseeing Organisations are presented in the relevant National Application Annexes.