UNEP and the CSD process for sustainable development indicators

Authored by: Arthur Lyon Dahl

Routledge Handbook of Sustainability Indicators

Print publication date:  June  2018
Online publication date:  June  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138674769
eBook ISBN: 9781315561103
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Agenda 21 called for indicators of sustainable development, and UNEP, through the UN System-wide Earthwatch, helped to take this forward. Experts and diplomats met to lay a framework for an indicators process at the Commission on Sustainable Development, producing three sets of indicators and country testing for initial implementation. Two SCOPE projects and a Consultative Group on Sustainable Development Indicators addressed the conceptual development of indicators. After 15 years, 66 countries were using indicators in national environmental reporting. The UN-led process combined research and development sensitive to political context, policymakers convinced of the usefulness of indicators, and capacity building sharing innovative approaches.

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