The first time this concept is given a name is the 1987 report “Our Common Future” by the Brundtland Commission. Sustainable development is the idea that what we develop today won’t impact future generations negatively. Future generations are entitled to their share of the resources, even if they aren’t here yet.
This concept was then introduced in the 1992 United Nations conference on environment and development.
That’s when it became a worldwide initiative, slowly taking hold across the world. Since its introduction, it has become a goal of many countries. However, it’s harder to achieve than it sounds. We build, travel, interact, and demolish a lot. To do all of that sustainably every time is the toughest part of our society.
I dare say it was some bright person who first coined the phrase and some opportunist who cornered it to gain advancement. But in 1987 the World Commission in Environment and Development adopted SD as its overarching aim, one which worked towards meeting the needs of today while protecting those of tomorrow, all our tomorrows, in fact. Their words were 'without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs."