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The Commission for Sustainable Development is home to the The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) which was established by the UN General Assembly in December 1992 to ensure effective follow-up to the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Earth Summit.
Sustainable development is a popular and important concept, but one that is open to a variety of interpretations. The Joint UNECE/Eurostat/OECD Working Group on Statistics on Sustainable Development (2005-2008) made a breakthrough in this area by reaching a common understanding on the principles of how to measure sustainability. It also started to develop a small core set of indicators that would be comparable between countries. The outcome of this work is presented in the publication on Measurement Sustainable Development issued in 2009.