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Post Johannesburg: The Future of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development

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Nov 2002

By Felix Dodds, Rosalie Gardiner, David Hales, Minu Hemmati and Gary Lawrence
WHAT Governance Programme

The agencies of the United Nations system play an essential role supporting work for a more sustainable future for everyone.

This paper addresses opportunities for improving the effectiveness of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), a functional commission of the UN Economics and Social Council (ECOSOC).

In support of the UN’s mission and goals, Stakeholder Forum undertakes research on enhancing the UN’s efficiency and effectiveness based on extensive consultations with different stakeholders. Stakeholder Forum has concluded that strengthening existing intergovernmental structures, and in particular the CSD, is of vital importance if the UN is to achieve its sustainable development goals.

It is hoped that this paper will inspire discussion about how to make the CSD more effective in promoting Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) Plan of Implementation.

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