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Institutionalising Sustainable Development

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Achieving sustainable development depends on good governance practices, particularly the effective implementation of national sustainable development strategies which integrate government decision-making in the economic, environmental and social spheres. This volume contains recommendations for the true “institutionalisation” of sustainable development.  Institutionalisation will embed the concept in government operations for the long-term and will reduce the vulnerability of sustainable development aims to shorter-term political objectives.

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Approaches for Evaluating National Sustainable Development Strategies

The Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development called on states to “take immediate steps to make progress in the formulation and elaboration of national strategies for sustainable development and begin their implementation by 2005”. In the preparations for the Johannesburg conference and subsequently, increasing attention has been paid to evaluating National Sustainable Development Strategies (NSDS) to ensure that they are effective in meeting national sustainable development goals and related international commitments. Several approaches have been used for this (OECD, 2005; UNDESA, 2005). This paper reviews experience with these evaluation approaches, with the aim of identifying good practice and presenting recommendations for potential improvement.

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