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International Forum on National Sustainable Development Strategies

7-9 November 2001, Accra, Ghana


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The International Forum on National Sustainable Development Strategies (NSDSs) took place on 7-9 November 2001 at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel in Accra, Ghana. The Forum was convened by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), in collaboration with the Government of Ghana, Department for International Development (DFID) of the UK, the Danish Government and the UNDP/Capacity 21, as part of the ongoing preparatory process for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). Seventy-three participants from 31 countries drawn from government, civil society, the private sector and international agencies participated in the Forum. 

The purpose of the meeting was to debate at the international level, lessons learned and best practices in NSDSs, to improve understanding and consensus amongst participants, and to recommend approaches that are relevant and effective for the future. Among the topics considered were the key principles and characteristics constituting sound NSDSs, country experiences in bringing together already existing country frameworks for NSDSs, stakeholder experiences with NSDSs, assessing effective processes for NSDSs, and strengthening capacity for NSDS processes. Participants also deliberated on national and regional follow-up actions and discussed recommendations and conclusions for presentation at the WSSD preparatory meetings. 

The meeting�s outputs consisted of the Draft Report of the Forum with country reports annexed thereto, an enriched draft of the UN document on guidance for preparing NSDSs, suggestions for key national and regional actions, and an enriched draft of the document on development of criteria to asses the effectiveness of NSDSs.

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