International Centre of Comparative Environmental Law (C.I.D.C.E.)
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A - Renewed political commitment for sustainable development
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.)

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 6
Looking forward to the next 10 years, what are your government?s / organization's highest priorities for accelerating progress towards sustainable development?
Question 7
How can international cooperation strengthen support for sustainable development? What are your expectations for UNCSD in this regard?

B - Assessing progress and remaining gaps in implementation
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 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 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
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?

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 7
How can the link between scientific research, education, and policy be strengthened to address the new and emerging challenges, especially those identified above?

E - Institutional framework for sustainable development
Question 1
Various changes in the global institutional framework for sustainable development have been discussed. What is the importance of the following avenues for reform? Kindly explain your choices, indicating what concrete measures could be considered in this regard.
Question 2
How can the institutional framework ensure effective synergies between the CSD and other existing inter-governmental instruments and processes, including different multilateral agreements, UN programmes and funds, and regional processes?
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 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 13
How can the lessons from such successes be used to enhance the effectiveness of international environmental governance/policy guidance?
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?

Question 15
What are the most significant challenges facing international institutions charged with promoting sustainable development?

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