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Agenda 21, agreed at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, called on all countries to introduce national strategies for sustainable development (nssd). Since then, two international targets have been set: a Special Session of the UN General Assembly (Rio +5) set a target date of 2002 for nssds to be introduced; while the OECD  Development Assistance Committee (DAC) has set a target date of 2005 for nssds to be in the process of implementation. 

To assist in meeting these targets, the OECD/DAC initiated a project to develop policy guidance for development assistance agencies on the development and implementation of nssds. This project, 'OECD/DAC Donor-Developing Country Dialogues on National Strategies for Sustainable Development', involves a review of experience with nssds (and other strategies for environment and development) in a number of developing countries, on the basis of consultations with a range of stakeholders. The project focuses in particular on the kinds of processes and conditions required to make nssds work in practice.

nssd Dialogues in Namibia

Inclusion of Environmental and Sustainable Development Issues into NDPII. Vision, Issues and Options for NDPII. The Results of a Participatory Process. DANCED/ NPCS- MET. June 2000. 
The purpose of this document is to inform stakeholders of the results of the participatory planning process in Namibia  and to serve as a reference for the subsequent review and revision/adjustment of the draft chapters to NDPII. The planners at the National Planning Commission Secretariat (NPCS) are the intended primary users of this document. The subsequent phases of the DANCED Project, i.e. screening of the NDPII draft chapters for sustainable development priorities and targets, and their consolidation into the final draft chapters, will also be informed by this document.

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Environmental review of the Green Plan and inclusion of Environmental and Sustainable Development Aspects within the Second National Development Plan of Namibia.  Fundamental Issues and Threats to Sustainable Development in Namibia. 06 June 2000.
The purpose of this paper is to highlight and examine major issues that arise in connection with Namibia’s development over the coming years. These issues may be seen as constraints or threats to the country’s efforts to embark on a sustainable development path. But if properly addressed and targeted as areas of prime importance for innovative policy development and implementation, the issues may turn into opportunities for sustainable development (SD). While each individual issue appears fundamental to SD in its own right, no one issue stands alone. In fact, it would be futile to consider and tackle any issue on its own, in a separate and isolated fashion. There are many inter-linkages such that the issues must be examined and addressed together as a system. This is reflective of the complex and integrated nature of the SD challenge.

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Integrating environment and sustainability issues in the development of Namibia’s National Development Plan 2. A participatory process for developing a sustainable development strategy

This paper describes and analyses the process undertaken by the Namibian Government to incorporate sustainable development issues in the process of formulating National Development Plan 2 (NDP2) which covers the period 2001-2005.

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Integrating environment and sustainability issues in the development of Namibia’s National Development Plan 2: A methodology for carrying out a gap-consistency-conflict analysis of key chapters.

This paper describes and analyses the methodology used to carry out a gap-consistency-conflict analysis of key chapters of Namibia’s National Development Plan 2 (NDP2) during August 2000 to January 2001. The analysis was carried out as part of a project supported by DANCED and the OECD-DAC to incorporate environment and sustainable development issues in the process of formulating NDP2, which covers the period 2001-2005.

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OECD/DAC Donor Developing Country Dialogues on National Strategies for Sustainable Development. Parallel Learning Process in Namibia. Progress Report, September 2000.

This report inlcudes sections on changes to the project circumstances, information and progres on chapter screening and constraints to the screening process. The report concludes:

The OECD/DAC support to the DANCED project’s screening of NDP2 chapters for environmental and sustainable development issues has made it possible to give much wider coverage to the screening process. Even though some chapters were reviewed without the consultant attending the screening meeting, and some chapters were reviewed after the screening meeting had taken place, opportunities still exist for comments to be incorporated into chapters. The NPCS has given assurances that comments from the DANCED/OECD-DAC reviewers will be incorporated into chapters when they are revised following a series of national consultations on NDP2. Despite the constraints encountered, the OECD-DAC support will still have had a significant impact once the screening process and final revisions of chapters have been completed.

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