Environment Directorate

Working Together Towards Sustainable Development: The OECD Experience


This report responds to a request by OECD Ministers to develop an OECD input to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), to be held in Johannesburg South Africa from 26 August-4 September. The WSSD will bring together tens of thousands of participants, including heads of State and Government, national delegates and leaders from non-governmental organisations (NGOs), businesses and other major groups to review progress towards sustainable development in the ten years since the Rio Earth Summit.

The OECD report assesses the contribution that OECD countries make to sustainable development both at home and internationally, and brings together the main lessons learned through the Organisation's extensive work on sustainable development.

The Report was officially released at the Final Preparatory Committee Meeting for the WSSD in Bali in early June 2002.

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The report contents include:

  • Executive Summary
  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: OECD Countries and Sustainable Development: Progress and Challenges
  • Chapter 3: Overcoming the Barriers to Sustainable Development
  • Chapter 4: Strengthening Partnerships for Sustainable Development in an Interdependent World
  • Annex : OECD Support for Sustainable Development

For more information on recent activities related to Sustainable Development at the OECD, see also:

The OECD will participate in 6 "Type II" Partnership Initiatives announced at the WSSD. These Partnership Initiatives bring together like-minded governments, stakeholders, and inter-governmental organisations to tackle specific sustainable development issues. More information here...


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