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A - Renewed political commitment for sustainable development
Experiences
Question 1
Are there objective ways of measuring political commitment? What are the relevant indicators? Which indicators are most useful from your perspective? (e.g., New legislation enacted, Policy announcements, Budgetary allocation and support, Prominence of relevant institutions, Level of media interest, etc.)
Question 2
Based if possible on these indicators, how would you evaluate the political commitment today to sustainable development in the country(ies)/region(s) of interest to your group, compared to 1992? How would you evaluate the political commitment of the international community compared to 1992?

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.

C - Addressing new and emerging challenges
Experiences
Question 1
What five new and emerging challenges are likely to affect most significantly the prospects for sustainable development in the coming decade? Please rank in order of importance.
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?
Question 4
What new and emerging challenges should be acted upon at UNCSD?

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



Challenges
Question 7
How can the link between scientific research, education, and policy be strengthened to address the new and emerging challenges, especially those identified above?
Question 8
How can international support be harnessed effectively to address these challenges?

Risks
Question 9
Do the new and emerging challenges pose a fundamental risk to the prospects of economic growth and development in the country(ies) or region(s) of interest to your group?
Question 10
How can the risks to the poor and other vulnerable populations be addressed?

D - A green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication
Experiences
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?

Challenges
Question 10
Based on all of the above, what is (are) the key outcome(s) you think could emerge from the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in 2012 with respect to a ?green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication??

Risks
Question 11
What is the relationship of green economy policies to other policies and policy domains (e.g., poverty, growth, employment, trade, etc.)? Are there cases of conflict and, if so, how have these been addressed?

E - Institutional framework for sustainable development
Success Factors
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?

Risks
Question 17
What decisions should UNCSD aim to reach on the institutional framework for sustainable development? What are the main risks threatening a successful UNCSD outcome on the institutional framework?

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