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The study proposes a systems model for the concept of sustainability. Based on the
premise that the spectrum of challenges of sustainable development are systemic
problems that cannot be resolved with a reductionist approach, the paper explores the
key conceptual successions to explain the root of sustainable development. It then
clarifies a few misconceptions concerning the Brundtland Report and highlights the
limitations of the current widely used model of sustainability. The study collates and
synthesises recent definitions of the concept. It then applies systems thinking to
develop a more comprehensive model to promote the understanding and form the
basis for further research in the application of a systems approach to the concept of sustainability.