United Nations

E/CN.17/2000/16


Economic and Social Council

 Distr. GENERAL
21 March 2000
ORIGINAL: ENGLISH


Commission on Sustainable Development
Eighth session
24 April–5 May 2000 

 

National reporting to the Commission on Sustainable Development

Report of the Secretary-General

1. Subsequent to the seventh session of the Commission on Sustainable Development, activities related to national reporting have focused on the following elements: (a) facilitating national reporting to the eighth session of the Commission; (b) preparation of guidelines for the eighth session of the Commission; (c) preparation of an analytical report entitled "Sustainable agriculture and rural development: trends in national implementation", based on national reports, as well as preparation of background documents; (d) early preparations to facilitate reporting to the Commission at its ninth session; (e) preparation of country profiles for the 10-year review of the implementation of Agenda 21 to be held in 2002; (f) updating and maintenance of the United Nations system-wide sustainable development web site.

 

I. National reporting to the Commission at its eighth session

2. The Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 (General Assembly resolution S-19/2, annex) states, in paragraph 115, that national reports on the implementation of Agenda 21 have proved to be a valuable means of sharing information at the international and regional levels and, even more important, of providing a focus for the coordination of issues related to sustainable development at the national level within individual countries; accordingly, in paragraph 133 (b), the Programme states that national reporting should continue through voluntary national communications or reports.

3. Consistent with the agenda established in the Commission’s multi-year programme of work, guidelines for national reporting were prepared by the Secretariat, in consultation with task managers, on the following issues: (a) integrated approach to the planning and management of land resources; (b) sustainable agriculture and rural development; (c) forest; (d) finance; and (e) trade. At the end of May 1999, the guidelines were sent simultaneously in English, French and Spanish, by mail and where possible by electronic mail, to the respective permanent representatives to the United Nations in New York and the focal points of all countries. The deadline requested was 31 August 1999.

4. By mid-March 2000, reports had been received from the following 53 countries: Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Cameroon, Chile, China, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Gambia, Germany, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Kazakhstan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Norway, Pacific Islands, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States and Uzbekistan.

 

II. Analytical report on sustainable agriculture and rural development: trends in national implementation

5. In its decisions 7/5 of April 1999 and 6/5 of April 1998, the Commission stressed the importance of continuing to take full advantage of the information provided by Governments to the Commission, on a voluntary basis, especially in view of the comprehensive review of the implementation of Agenda 21, to take place in 2002. The Commission emphasized the need to draw more fully on the information contained in those national reports or relevant information submitted to the Commission, and requested the Secretariat to process and compile, on a sectoral basis, the information provided by Governments in accordance with the issues contained in its multi-year programme of work.

6. Consequently, the report of the Secretary-General entitled "Sustainable agriculture and rural development: trends in national implementation" (E/CN.17/2000/5) examines the progress made towards sustainable agriculture and rural development based on the information that Governments provided in their national reports to the Commission in 1997 and by mid-January 2000. The report analyses a total of 133 national reports.

7. Consistent with Agenda 21 programme areas on sustainable agriculture and rural development, the report focuses on major policy trends, programmes and activities in these areas by region and subregion.

 

 III. National reporting to the Commission at its ninth session

8. The Secretariat is in the process of preparing guidelines for the ninth session of the Commission. These guidelines, which will refer to reporting on atmosphere/energy (sectoral theme), information for decision-making and participation and international cooperation for an enabling environment (cross-sectoral theme); and energy/transport (economic sector/ major group), should be transmitted to Governments by the end of May 2000 in English, French and Spanish.

9. The deadline requested for submitting national reports to the Secretariat will be September 2000. Should national information be available within that time-frame, it will have a greater impact on the inter-sessional preparations for the ninth session of the Commission as well as on the respective analytical report of the Secretary-General.

 

IV. Preparations of national reporting for the 10-year review of the implementation of Agenda 21 to be held in 2002

10. As mandated in Commission decision 7/5, paragraph 2 (f), the Secretariat is collecting inputs from member States on how to improve the guidelines for the elaboration of national reports after 2002. A report to this effect will be submitted to the Commission in 2001, as part of the preparations for the comprehensive review of the implementation of Agenda 21.

11. As mandated in Commission decision 7/5, paragraph 2 (g), the Secretariat is in the process of preparing country profiles to complement those presented during the five-year review held by the General Assembly at its nineteenth special session in 1997, for submission to the General Assembly for the comprehensive review of the implementation of Agenda 21 to be held in the year 2002.

12. Tables identifying national reports not yet submitted as well as those that have been submitted to the Commission since 1994 are contained in the annex.

 

V. United Nations system-wide sustainable development web site

13. As reported at earlier sessions, the United Nations system-wide sustainable development web site (at http://www.un.org/esa/agenda21/natlinfo/ ) contains the information provided by Governments in their national reports to the Commission, on a country-by-country and issue-by-issue basis. The Secretariat continues to update the web site with new information as Governments submit it.

Annex

Preparation of country profiles for the 10-year review of the implementation of Agenda 21 to be held in 2002

 

1. The National Information Analysis Unit is in the process of preparing country profiles for 2002 to complement those presented during the five-year review of the implementation of Agenda 21 held by the General Assembly at its nineteenth special session, in 1997.

2. By 2001, draft country profiles will be sent to all reporting countries for their review. Upon their review, the Unit will proceed to finalize and publish the 2002 country profiles series.

3. As reported at previous sessions of the Commission, the Secretariat continues to update the web site with new information as Governments submit it.

4. For queries to the National Information Analysis Unit, please telephone:

Hiroko-Morita-Lou (212) 963-8813

Maria Mercedes Sánchez (212) 963-9421.

 

National reports not yet submitted in preparation for the 10-year review in 2002

1. Afghanistan

2. Andorra

3. Angola

4. Azerbaijan

5. Belize

6. Bhutan

7. Bosnia and Herzegovina

8. Burkina Faso

9. Burundi

10. Cambodia

11. Cape Verde

12. Central African Republic

13. Chad

14. Comoros

15. Congo

16. Cyprus

17. Democratic People’s

Republic of Korea

18. Democratic Republic

of the Congo

19. Djibouti

20. Dominica

21. Equatorial Guinea

22. Eritrea

23. Ethiopia

24. Gabon

25. Grenada

26. Guatemala

27. Guinea

28. Jordan

29. Kenya

30. Kiribati

31. Kuwait

32. Kyrgyzstan

33. Lao People’s Democratic

Republic

34. Latvia

35. Lesotho

36. Liberia

37. Libyan Arab Jamahiriya

38. Liechtenstein

39. Mali

40. Malta

41. Marshall Islands

42. Mauritania

43. Micronesia

44. Mozambique

45. Namibia

46. Nauru

47. Oman

48. Palau

49. Papua New Guinea

50. Peru

51. Rwanda

52. Saint Kitts and Nevis

53. Saint Lucia

54. Saint Vincent and

the Grenadines

55. Samoa

56. San Marino

57. Seychelles

58. Sierra Leone

59. Solomon Islands

60. Somalia

61. Sudan

62. Tajikistan

63. Togo

64. Tonga

65. Trinidad and Tobago

66. Turkmenistan

67. United Arab Emirates

68. Vanuatu

69. Yemen

70. Zambia

 

National reports submitted since 1994 to the Commission on Sustainable Development for which country profiles will be prepared for 2002 (national information is available at the
web site; see main report, para. 11)

 

1. Albania

2. Algeria

3. Antigua and Barbuda

4. Argentina

5. Armenia

6. Australia

7. Austria

8. Bahamas

9. Bahrain

10. Bangladesh

11. Barbados

12. Belarus

13. Belgium

14. Benin

15. Bolivia

16. Botswana

17. Brazil

18. Brunei Darussalam

19. Bulgaria

20. Cameroon

21. Canada

22. Chile

23. China

24. Colombia

25. Costa Rica

26. Côte d’Ivoire

27. Croatia

28. Cuba

29. Czech Republic

30. Denmark

31. Dominican Republic

32. Ecuador

33. Egypt

34. El Salvador

35. Estonia

36. Fiji

37. Finland

38. France

39. Gambia

40. Georgia

41. Germany

42. Ghana

43. Greece

44. Guinea-Bissau

45. Guyana

46. Haiti

47. Honduras

48. Hungary

49. Iceland

50. India

51. Indonesia

52. Iran (Islamic

Republic of)

53. Iraq

54. Ireland

55. Israel

56. Italy

57. Jamaica

58. Japan

59. Kazakhstan

60. Lebanon

61. Lithuania

62. Luxembourg

63. Madagascar

64. Malawi

65. Malaysia

66. Maldives

67. Mauritius

68. Mexico

69. Monaco

70. Mongolia

71. Morocco

72. Myanmar

73. Nepal

74. Netherlands

75. New Zealand

76. Nicaragua

77. Niger

78. Nigeria

79. Norway

80. Pakistan

81. Panama

82. Paraguay

83. Philippines

84. Poland

85. Portugal

86. Qatar

87. Republic of Korea

88. Republic of Moldova

89. Romania

90. Russian Federation

91. Sao Tome and Principe

92. Saudi Arabia

93. Senegal

94. Singapore

95. Slovakia

96. Slovenia

97. South Africa

98. Spain

99. Sri Lanka

100. Suriname

101. Swaziland

102. Sweden

103. Switzerland

104. Syrian Arab Republic

105. Thailand

106. The former Yugoslav

Republic of Macedonia

107. Tunisia

108. Turkey

109. Uganda

110. Ukraine

111. United Kingdom

112. United Republic of

Tanzania

113. United States of

America

114. Uruguay

115. Uzbekistan

116. Venezuela

117. Viet Nam

118. Yugoslavia

119. Zimbabwe


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