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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 3
Based as far as possible on these indicators, please provide an assessment of the progress made towards sustainable development over the past 18 years (1992-2010), (a) at the level of the country(ies) or regions of interest to your group, where relevant and (b) globally. Please attach any relevant technical studies or policy analyses. For each input, kindly provide the original article or url, and enter a short abstract.

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 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 11
What further actions could be taken to promote effective voluntary actions and partnerships?

Risks
Question 12
What are the risks to sustained progress towards convergence among the three pillars of sustainable development?

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?

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 8
What steps and actions have proven effective in building political and popular ownership for green economy measures?

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 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 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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