Peer Review of the Netherlands National Strategy for Sustainable Development. Report launched in Amsterdam
The review, advised and facilitated by IIED’s Barry Dalal-Clayton, was undertaken by experts from Finland, Germany and South Africa. It has stimulated a reinvigorated approach to sustainable development in the Netherlands by the new coalition government.
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IIED completes review of monitoring mechanisms for national sustainable development strategies (NSDS).
This review by Barry Dalal-Clayton and Steve Bass was commissioned by the Environment Department of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). It provides a background document for a forthcoming OECD workshop on NSDS in Stockholm in late August 2006. The report briefly reviews a range of NSDS monitoring approaches and explores the potentials and challenges of monitoring in relation to five key strategy elements: (a) the strategy process, (b) strategy content or products, (c) outcomes and (d) impacts. In addition, the key tasks of (e) disseminating and using monitoring information are discussed.
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French Government tests a methodology for the peer review of national strategies for sustainable development
The French government, with technical support from IIED, has recently developed a methodology for the peer review / shared learning of national strategies for sustainable development, using the French strategy as a pilot case. Four countries acted as peer reviewers: Belgium, Ghana, Mauritius, and the UK. The outcomes were presented at the recent meeting of the UN Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD13).
paper on the EU Strategy for Sustainable Development
new paper by IIED examines the process of developing the EU's Sustainable
Development Strategy (both its internal and external dimensions).
It is a contribution to a project to generate Asian,
African and Latin American perspectives of the external dimensions
the EU Strategy, and on key policy instruments and processes which
the interaction of the EU with other regions of the world.
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Case Studies Companion to Resource Book now available
Stakeholder Dialogues on Sustainable Development Strategies:
Lessons, Opportunities and Developing Country Case Studies
is available for ordering and
free download provides a unique set of case studies summarising
recent developing country experiences of developing and implementing
national sustainable development strategies (NSDSs). These are based
directly on the work of country teams that facilitated multi-stakeholder
dialogues on NSDSs. Read more.
National Strategies for Sustainable Development
Website CD-ROM for Supporting Dialogues - Volume Three
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the information from the website as well as all the software required
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World Summit on Sustainable Development
The Resource Book was discussed at the International
Forum on National Sustainable Development Strategies (as an
input to the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002) held
in Accra, Ghana, from 7 - 9 November 2001.
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