Many Member States have convened their own
National Preparatory Committees to review
their successes and the challenges they face in achieving sustainable
development, and to contribute their views to the assessment of progress.
National Preparatory Committees are expected to involve representatives of
government, local authorities, professional associations, major groups, media
and other partners, including local offices of relevant UN Organizations.
National Preparatory Committees are expected to engage in two primary
(i) undertake national reviews/ assessments, and
(ii) raise awareness and mobilize stakeholders at the national and local
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National Reporting Guidelines.
In countries where they exist, the National Councils for Sustainable
Development (NCSD) are also expected to be a key preparation mechanism,
particularly in terms of conducting broad-based stakeholder consultations. The
NCSD Network has launched a series of national and regional consultations
involving both governments and multi-stakeholder groups.
The national preparatory process will also include a series of independent
stakeholder consultations with a wide spectrum of civil society actors.
The UN is assisting with the preparation of national assessments and country
profiles, which are being used to help guide discussions leading up to and
during the Summit. For more information about country profiles, click
For more information on national preparations in specific countries, please
refer to the list of available national sustainable development
National Assessment Reports received so
National Assessment Reports collected by the Earth
2002 Country Profiles processed so far.
The UN has also invited countries to launch a range of initiatives to increase
public awareness of sustainable development issues. These include a competition
for children to design Agenda 21 posters,
an essay contest on visions for sustainable
development and a process to develop "101 ways
to promote sustainable development".
In addition, it is planned to organize a special multi-stakeholder dialogue
segment during the Summit Event, where countries would announce their
National Progressions and hear in
return the particular sustainable development commitments other stakeholder
groups have made for the next phase of Agenda 21 implementation.
Secretariat has asked countries to update them on their progress with these
initiatives. Click here for more
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