Chapter 8 of Agenda 21 calls on countries to adopt national
strategies for sustainable development (NSDS) that should build upon and
harmonize the various sectoral economic, social and environmental
policies and plans that are operating in the country.
Five years later, the 1997 Special Session of the General Assembly again
noted the importance of NSDS and set a target of 2002 for their
formulation and elaboration.
In 2002, the World Summit for Sustainable Development (WSSD) urged
States not only to take immediate steps to make progress in the
formulation and elaboration of national strategies for sustainable
development but also to begin their implementation by 2005.・br>
In addition, integrating the principles of sustainable development into
country policies and programmes is one of the targets contained in the
United Nations Millennium Declaration to reach the goal of environmental
Governments have continued to reiterate their commitment to develop and
implement NSDS at subsequent CSD sessions.