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A - Renewed political commitment for sustainable development
Success Factors
Question 3
What actions have been introduced in your country or region to strengthen political support for sustainable development?
Question 4
Are there specific industry sectors or resource areas (e.g., water, energy, biodiversity, other) where national political commitment to achieve sustainable development goals has been especially strong? If so, what factors explain that commitment?
Question 5
What examples or experiences from other areas demonstrate how political support for critical issues was enhanced (e.g., MDGs, climate change)? How could they be applied to SD?

Challenges
Question 7
How can international cooperation strengthen support for sustainable development? What are your expectations for UNCSD in this regard?

Risks
Question 8
Among your country?s senior national policy makers, would you say the predominant view of the three pillars of sustainable development is that: ____there are difficult trade-offs among them? ____ they are strongly complementary? Please briefly elaborate on your answer.

B - Assessing progress and remaining gaps in implementation
Experiences
Question 1
What indicators or information on sustainable development have proven to be most useful for assessing gaps and progress towards sustainable development? Please rank according to importance with 1 = most important. Please also attach or provide a web link to relevant statistical databases.
  1. Economic Indicators (e.g., GDP growth, trade performance)
  2. Comprehensive Indicators (e.g., HDI, MDGs)
  3. Poverty Indicators (e.g., Headcount or other measure)
  4. Environmental Indicators (e.g., ESI, Footprint)
  5. Social Indicators (e.g., Unemployment, life expectancy)
  6. Results of Public Opinion Surveys
  7. Other


Question 2
What indicators of integrated goals and strategies have been most useful?

  1. Outcome indicators (e.g., correlation between indicators of economic, social, and environmental change))
  2. Commitment indicators (e.g., fiscal or other support for integrated sustainable development programmes))
  3. Institutional indicators (e.g., use of integrated strategies, establishment of coordination mechanisms, accountability arrangements))
  4. Information-related indicators (e.g., development of analytical and assessment tools, collection of data, investment in research))
  5. Other)



Success Factors
Question 6
Are there examples of strong public-private partnerships for sustainable development in your country / the country(ies) or region(s) of interest to your group? How have these been promoted?

Challenges
Question 9
What steps need to be taken to address these barriers in an effort to bridge the implementation gaps?
Question 10
What are the main difficulties experienced in promoting integrated planning and decision-making?
Question 11
What further actions could be taken to promote effective voluntary actions and partnerships?

C - Addressing new and emerging challenges
Experiences
Question 2
What mechanisms have been put in place in your country / organization / the country(ies) or region(s) of interest to your group to address these challenges: At the local level? At the national level?
Question 3
In which of these areas has support from the international community been forthcoming? In what areas is new or enhanced international support needed?

Success Factors
Question 5
What factors explain the successful ability to address new and emerging challenges?
  1. adequate financial resources
  2. strong government leadership
  3. investment in essential infrastructure
  4. dedicated government programmes
  5. literacy and awareness among the population
  6. effective communication systems
  7. availability of data and technical capacity
  8. speed and adequacy of international support
  9. leadership by international organizations
  10. south-south cooperation
  11. regional cooperation


Question 6
What steps have been taken or are under consideration in your country / organization/ the country(ies) or region(s) of interest to your group to enhance these success factors?

D - A green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication
Experiences
Question 2
Are these policies being implemented as part of a coherent green economy, or green growth, strategy?
Question 3
What are the main perceived benefits of implementing a national/regional green economy strategy? Are these benefits being tracked, measured and reported?
Question 4
What economic sectors do you consider to be most important to building a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication?

Success Factors
Question 5
From your own experience, what green economy policies would you rate to be most effective?
Question 6
How have those policies contributed to poverty eradication, sustainable consumption and production, protection of the natural resource base and other sustainable development goals?
Question 7
What in your view are the principal reasons for their success? (e.g., economic efficiency, availability of relevant institutional or technical capacity, strong political support, broad engagement of business and industry, NGO support, international support)
Question 8
What steps and actions have proven effective in building political and popular ownership for green economy measures?

Challenges
Question 9
Are there studies for the country(ies) or region(s) of interest to your group that identify success factors, challenges or risks associated with green economy policies identified under Question 1? For each, kindly provide the original article or web link, and a short abstract.

E - Institutional framework for sustainable development
Experiences
Question 4
Does your country / the country(ies) of interest to your group have an active national sustainable development council (NSDC) in place? Yes/No. Do you think an active NSDC could facilitate national preparations for UNCSD? If so, how? Provide contact of Focal Point for country's NSDC.
Question 7
In your country / organization / the country(ies) of interest to your group, what role have sub-national and local government played in implementing sustainable development since Rio? What role has your group played in such councils?
Question 8
Since the UNCED (Rio) in 1992, has the participation of major groups and other relevant stakeholders in national decision-making processes on sustainable development significantly increased? Yes/No
Question 9
Please indicate which of the following forms of engagement of major groups in decision making are commonly used in the country(ies) or region(s) of interest to your group:
  1. participation in policy development)
  2. public hearings)
  3. partnerships)
  4. scientific panels)
  5. inclusion in international delegations)
  6. multi-stakeholder consultations for international meetings)


Question 10
Name the governments/major groups with which your group/government has had the closest collaboration. For each, briefly describe the main features of the collaboration.

Success Factors
Question 11
Are there examples, whether in the sustainable development domain or in related policy domains (e.g., MDGs, other), where an effective institutional framework has contributed to significant positive outcomes at national level? international level?
Question 14
What in your experience have been the most effective means of strengthening major groups? and other stakeholder?s participation in national sustainable development efforts?

Challenges
Question 16
What are the most significant challenges facing national institutions charged with promoting sustainable development your country / in the country(ies) of interest to your group?

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