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Switzerland National Preparations

In preparation for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, the Government of Switzerland has established a National Preparatory Committee. The Committee is composed of representatives from the following government agencies: Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC (lead agency), State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape; with the support of 15 other government agencies. The Committee will be Chaired by Ambassador Giovannini Jean-Francois, Deputy Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC.

Major groups will be included in a consultation process during 2001 and 2002.

In addition, Switzerland is undertaking a national review and assessment of progress in the implementation of Agenda 21, which is expected to be completed by the end of May 2001. The Swiss government is also launching one of the "national initiatives" proposed by the Summit Secretariat to ensure greater participation of all partners: Under other Preparatory activities, a major study entitled "Sustainable development in Switzerland - position and prospects" is under way, and is expected to be completed by the end of April 2001. This policy related reflection on past and future ways of achieving sustainable development in Switzerland is to be conducted independently of the Federal Council and the Administration. The study shall be used as a source of reflection with regard to a new strategy of the Federal Council on "Implementation of the Agenda 21 in Switzerland," which will be adopted at the beginning of 2002.

SD Focal Point:
Werner Thut
SDC - Development Policy Division
Tel: 41 31 322 36 59
Fax: 41 31 324 16 92
E-mail: werner.thut@deza.admin.ch
Mailing address:
Freiburgstr, 130 Ch-3003
Berne Switzerland

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