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In 1987, the publication of “Our Common Future”
crowned the work developed by the World Commission on Environment and Development, de nitively enshrining the expression “sustainable development” as the development model “that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to
meet their own needs”.
With a critical view of the development model adopted until then, “Our Common Future” warned of problems, new at the time, such as global warming, calling for
a new relationship between man and the environment and de ning a set of goals to be implemented at the international level. The concept and the concerns around sustainable development thus entered the global agenda in a de nitive way.
This was followed by the United Nations Conference on the Environment and Development in 1992, better known as Rio 92, and, twenty years later, the Rio+20 Conference, with the UN approving the Millennium Declaration in 2000, enshrining the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) to last until 2015.
In 2015, the UN approved the 2030 Agenda, which integrates the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), which replace the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDG).
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and their 169 targets are a guide for the actions to undertake by the international community until 2030, committing governments, civil society and the private sector to the pursuit of a common goal around the future of
the people, the planet, peace and collective prosperity.
The question is nothing less than the future of humankind, the preservation of its common home – our planet – in a tremendous task and in a  ght that needs to be fought without delay, and one which Portugal, the Government and civil society cannot turn away from.
In 2018, in its 9th edition, the Manuel António da Mota Award will honour those institutions which contribute with their projects to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Each of us can make a difference. Compete for a More Sustainable Portugal!
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