Integrating the three dimensions of sustainable development: A framework and tools

Sustainable development requires balanced integration of economic, social and environmental dimensions. Integration of these three dimensions is an urgent shift in policy approach because of the widening income and other gaps in society and the breach of planetary boundaries, which places humanity increasingly at risk. This publication is intended to assist policymakers in dealing with the challenges of balanced integration by providing an overview of useful concepts and practical tools that enable the merging of the three dimensions of sustainable development into the public policy cycle. This publication provides a general overview of one qualitative and one quantitative tool that can support many stages of the policy cycle—scenario building and input-output analysis, both of which are already used in various locations but have potential to be applied more widely in the region toward sustainable development.

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