Sustainable development was defined by the World Commission on Environment and Development (1987), widely known as the Brundtland Commission (after its chairperson) as ‘Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’. Such a definition rightly emphasises the temporal dimension of sustainability but ignores the spatial dimension and the implications of integration and globalisation for sustainability. It thus ignores the spatial and historical inequalities.