Peer Review of the Netherlands National Strategy for Sustainable Development. Report launched in Amsterdam
The review, advised and facilitated by IIED’s Barry Dalal-Clayton, was undertaken by experts from Finland, Germany and South Africa. It has stimulated a reinvigorated approach to sustainable development in the Netherlands by the new coalition government.
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IIED completes review of monitoring mechanisms for national sustainable development strategies (NSDS).
This review by Barry Dalal-Clayton and Steve Bass was commissioned by the Environment Department of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It provides a background document for a forthcoming OECD workshop on NSDS in Stockholm in late August 2006. The report briefly reviews a range of NSDS monitoring approaches and explores the potentials and challenges of monitoring in relation to five key strategy elements: (a) the strategy process, (b) strategy content or products, (c) outcomes and (d) impacts. In addition, the key tasks of (e) disseminating and using monitoring information are discussed.
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French Government tests a methodology for the peer review of national strategies for sustainable development
The French government, with technical support from IIED, has recently developed a methodology for the peer review / shared learning of national strategies for sustainable development, using the French strategy as a pilot case. Four countries acted as peer reviewers: Belgium, Ghana, Mauritius, and the UK. The outcomes were presented at the recent meeting of the UN Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD13).
paper on the EU Strategy for Sustainable Development
new paper by IIED examines the process of developing the EU's Sustainable
Development Strategy (both its internal and external dimensions).
It is a contribution to a project to generate Asian,
African and Latin American perspectives of the external dimensions
the EU Strategy, and on key policy instruments and processes which
the interaction of the EU with other regions of the world.
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Book now available
Development Strategies: A Resource Book has now been reviewed
and is available for ordering and free download and and will be available on National Strategies for Sustainable
Development: Website CD-ROM for Supporting Dialogues - Volume Three
(forthcoming). A publication background
note is now available. Read more.
Case Studies Companion to Resource Book now available
Stakeholder Dialogues on Sustainable Development Strategies:
Lessons, Opportunities and Developing Country Case Studies is available for ordering and
free download provides a unique set of case studies summarising
recent developing country experiences of developing and implementing
national sustainable development strategies (NSDSs). These are based
directly on the work of country teams that facilitated multi-stakeholder
dialogues on NSDSs. Read more.
Development Strategies: A Resource Book. Organisation
for Economic Cooperation and Development, Paris, and United
Nations Development Programme, New York.OECD/UNDP
(2002). Compiled By Barry
Dalal-Clayton and Stephen Bass. Available
Progress and New Thinking on Strategies fior Sustainable Development.
Barry Dalal-Clayton and Stephen Bass. International Institute
for Environment and Development. Paper presented at the Annual
Meeting of the International Association for Impact Assessment
15-21 June 2002, Netherlands Congress Center, The Hague IAIA'02.
new links added
de situación de las Estrategias Nacionales de Desarrollo
Sostenible en Bolivia Coordinating Group of the OECD/DAC Dialogue
in Bolivia, March 2001 (Final Report of the Bolivian
exercise on National Strategies for Sustainable Development:
Status Review of NSSDs).
Final del Ejercicio de Dialogos en Bolivia sobre Estrategias
Nacionales de Desarrollo Sostenible. Document No.2. Coordinating
Group of the OECD/DAC Dialogue in Bolivia, March 2001.
(Final Report of the Bolivian exercise on National Strategies
for Sustainable Development: Report on the Dialogues).
de la implementacion de las estrategias de desarrollo sostenible
en Bolivia. Ministry of Sustainable Development and Planning,
La Paz, Bolivia. Jauregui S. et al. (Analysis of implementation
of SD strategies in Bolivia).
de la GTZ al Desarrollo Sostenible en Bolivia. A Traves del
Desarrollo de Conceptos y su Implementacion. (GTZ support
to sustainable development in Bolivia). GTZ Bolivia. Peterson
H (Feb 2001).
Strategies for Sustainable Development: New Thinking and Time
for Action. IIED, UNDP and UK DFID. Recent OECD and UN reviews
have revealed how national strategies for sustainable development
can offer systems to integrate many initiatives and
keep sustainable development on everyones agenda. Published
of the International
Forum on National Sustainable Development Strategies,
Ghana, 7-9 November 2001.
In view of the ongoing preparations for the 2002 World Summit
on Sustainable Development (WSSD), the International Forum
on National Sustainable Development Strategies was held in
Accra, Ghana. Seventy-three expert participants from 31 countries,
drawn from government, civil society, the private sector and
international agencies, were convened by the UN Department
for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in collaboration with
the Government of Ghana, Department for International Development
(DFID) of the UK, the Danish Government and UNDP/Capacity
21. The Forum reviewed experience to date in national sustainable
development strategy development and implementation, shared
lessons learned and best practices, and recommended approaches
to integrate the principles of sustainable development into
the policies and programmes of both developed and developing
countries. In this way, the Forum aimed to reinvigorate the
dialogue on national sustainable development strategies, and
to encourage all countries, both developing and industrialised,
to continue advancing their efforts in this regard.
Process of Formulating Poverty Reduction Strategies in Thailand
Committee of the United Nations General Assembly is finalizing
a decision that would change the dates for the World Summit
on Sustainable Development. The draft resolution will be forwarded
on to the Second Committee for consideration and possible
transmittal to the General Assembly for approval in the next
week. If approved as currently drafted, the new dates for
the WSSD would be 26 August to 4 September 2002. For further
information as it becomes available, visit the official UN
website at http://www.johannesburgsummit.org/
Policy Briefing: Sustainable development strategies What
are they and how can development co-operation agencies support
Briefing Papers: A set of WSSD Briefing Papers are published
by IIED in collaboration with the Regional and International
Networking Group (RING)
Future is Now.
New Series launched with the aim of learning from the past
to inform the future.
Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD): An Introduction
Strategy: Now and for the Future
DONOR-Developing Country Dialogues on National Strategies
for Sustainable Development. Country
Dialogue Report for Tanzania. Final Report.
Report from the National Conservation Strategy Mid-term Review
in Pakistan. Download the files,
or view the report
Strategies for Sustainable Development. Summary
Report on Nepal's Initiatives. March 2001
version of the Report
of the Bolivia Workshop, Santa Cruz, 12-16 February 2001
(This version now includes all participant details)
Dialogues with Developing Countries on National Strategies
for Sustainable Development. Report
on Status Review of National Strategies for Sustainable Development
Statement by the DAC High Level Meeting upon endorsement
of the DAC Guidelines on Strategies for Sustainable Development:
Practical Guidance for Development Co-operation. Paris,
25-26 April 2001
Review: Health, Population and Drinking Water & Sanitation
Governance, Participation, Gender and Disadvantaged Groups