Proposed Framework for Addressing Key Issues in Reviewing and Assessing Progress

Made in the Implementation of Agenda 21 at National and Regional Levels  

I.    Please provide a general assessment of the state of implementation of the objectives of Agenda 21 and the Programme of the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 (PFIA21) in your country


A.     Please specify the main accomplishments in achieving sustainable development in your country, along with the factors that contributed to these accomplishments.


B.      Please address the main constraints or deficiencies that you encountered in implementing sustainable development objectives, along with measures taken or planned to overcome such constraints or deficiencies.


C.  Please identify major challenges to the further implementation of sustainable development objectives in your country.

II.                 The five-year review of Agenda 21 that took place in 1997 confirmed the target for all countries to develop national strategies for sustainable development.  Such strategies might take on a number of forms, including long-term processes of change, or the preparation of national Agendas 21 or national sustainable development action plans.  However, all forms of strategies would be expected to lead to significant and tangible changes in support of sustainable development.


A.     Please describe the strategic approach that your country has taken and the changes that have been brought about by your country’s strategic approach (e.g., policy changes, changes in the way decisions are made, changes in the manner in which resources are managed, changes in financing sustainable development, changes related to decentralization and empowerment of people, or any other changes that you consider to be important).


B.     Please describe the process of strategy development (e.g., who was involved? How was the consultative process across sectors and across parts of society organized? What institutional arrangements were used to develop the strategy? What arrangements are in place to ensure its continuity?)


C.     Please comment on the impact of your country’s strategic approach (e.g., what are the tangible results? Who benefited and how?)

III. Please provide a general assessment of the policy approaches/actions taken in your country to implement the objectives of sustainable development

A.     Please provide concrete examples of policies that represent a “whole of government” approach and resulted in the integration of economic, social and environmental objectives through, for example, the formulation of integrated sectoral policies or strategies.


B.     Please provide concrete examples of public-private partnership in the implementation of sustainable development objectives in your country.


C.     Please provide us, using concrete examples, with your experience in engaging civil society, including media in education and awareness raising and the formulation of policies implementing sustainable development objectives in your country.


D.     Please comment on the impact of these policy approaches/actions on the implementation of the objectives of sustainable development.


IV.   Drawing upon the reviews and assessments for 2002 undertaken in your country , please provide us with your suggestions regarding:


A.  “Course corrections” needed at national and international levels for achieving the objectives of sustainable development, given changing international conditions.  In this context, please identify specific time-bound measures that need to be undertaken, along with the institutional and financial requirements, and the sources of such support.

B. Additional measures to be undertaken by the international community including the United Nations system in support of national efforts towards sustainable development and the implementation of Agenda 21.         


V.   In addition to the information requested above, please provide information on the modalities of the preparatory process for the 2002 review in your country.