Since Rio 1992, governments have been making efforts to
integrate environmental, economic and social objectives into decision-making
by either elaborating new policies and strategies for sustainable
development, or modifying or adapting existing policies and plans. The
Global Map attempts to capture the general status of development /
implementation of national sustainable development strategies based on
information in the 2002 Country Profiles and in the National Assessment
Reports prepared for the World Summit for Sustainable Development in 2002.
The purpose of the map is not to single out countries that have not
initiated or completed the process of developing a national sustainable
development strategy, but rather to encourage those countries that have not
yet completed the process, to proceed in their efforts to meet the goal of
2005. In order to properly track broad progress in the area of NSDS
development and implementation, the Division for Sustainable Development
intends to issue, on an annual basis until 2006, an updated version of the
map for distribution at the spring session of the CSD.
The Global Map on the Status of NSDS:
- 2003 (updated
in July 2004) Click
for the 2003 Assessment Report
The designations employed and the presentation of material on this map do not
imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the
Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any
country, territory, city or any area or of its authorities, or concerning
the delimitation of its frontiers or boundaries.
*Dotted line represents approximately the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir
agreed upon by India and Pakistan. The final status has not yet been agreed
upon by the parties.