In 2005, the World Summit on Social Development identified three core areas that contribute to the philosophy and social science of sustainable development. These pillars form the backbone of tackling the core areas that the world now faces.

  • Economic Development 
  • Social Development
  • Environmental Protection

We all know what we need to do to protect the environment, whether that is recycling, reducing our power consumption by switching electronic devices off rather than using standby, by walking short journeys instead of taking the bus. Businesses are regulated to prevent pollution and to keep their own carbon emissions low. There are incentives to installing renewable power sources in our homes and businesses. Environmental protection is the third pillar and to many, the primary concern of the future of humanity. 

The Brundtland Commission described sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".

In this perspective, the University of Sassari is a breeding ground for innovation and cooperation, providing the research tools and expertise necessary for international cooperation to have a tangible impact in development areas.