European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC)
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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?

Challenges
Question 6
Looking forward to the next 10 years, what are your government?s / organization's highest priorities for accelerating progress towards sustainable development?

B - Assessing progress and remaining gaps in implementation
Success Factors
Question 4
What factors explain progress in implementation?

  1. use of integrated strategies)
  2. generalized economic growth and prosperity)

  3. investment in technical and institutional capacity)
  4. financial support from international sources
  5. Other)



Question 5
Has your country / organization / the country(ies) or region(s) of interest to your group introduced or promoted integrated planning and decision making for sustainable development? If so, under what title (NSDS, PRSP, Five Year Plan, NCS or NEAP, Other)? What are the lessons from this experience?

Challenges
Question 8
What are the major barriers to implementation?
  1. inadequate coordination between ministries)
  2. low political priority for integrated decision making
  3. problems created by slow growth)
  4. lack of data)
  5. weak enforcement)
  6. inadequate or unpredictable international support)
  7. inadequate public awareness or engagement)
  8. Other)

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
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?

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?

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 12
How can the lessons from such successes be used to enhance the effectiveness of the institutional framework for sustainable development? Are the lessons relevant to the Commission on Sustainable Development?
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?

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