Indicators of Sustainable Development: Guidelines and Methodologies

Indicators of Sustainable Development: Guidelines and Methodologies

Indicators of Sustainable Development: Guidelines and Methodologies

Indicators of Sustainable Development: Guidelines and Methodologies

Synopsis

This publication presents the third set of Indicators of Sustainable Development and provides suggestions on how to adapt them to national conditions and priorities. It benefits from the active participation of and excellent collaboration with, a wide range of governments, international organizations, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and individual experts. The indicators are a follow-up to the two earlier sets prepared under the work programme on indicators of sustainable development approved by the Commission on Sustainable Development in 1995. These earlier sets were published in 1996 and 2001.

The indicators of sustainable development presented here reflect the valuable experiences of countries and international organizations over the past fifteen years since the adoption of Agenda 21 in Rio de Janeiro.

Excerpt

The present publication represents the outcome of a work programme on indicators of sustainable development approved by the Commission on Sustainable Development at its Third Session in 1995. The successful completion of the work programme is the result of an intensive effort of collaboration between governments, international organizations, academic institutions, non-governmental organizations and individual experts aimed at developing a set of indicators for sustainable development for use at the national level. The thematic framework, guidelines, methodology sheets and indicators set out in this publication have thus benefited from this extensive network of cooperation and consensus building.

This has been an iterative process built on the work of many other organizations and entities that have been concerned with developing a set of indicators that could help us better understand the various dimensions of sustainable development and the complex interactions that takes place between these dimensions. This publication should be a seen as a starting point and flexible tool to assist those countries that may wish to develop their own national programmes for using indicators to measure progress towards nationally defined goals and objectives for sustainable development.

The purpose of this publication is to stimulate and support further work, testing and development of indicators, particularly by national governments. No set of indicators can be final and definitive, but must be developed and adjusted over time to fit country-specific conditions, priorities and capabilities. It is our hope that countries will take advantage of the useful information and practical experience represented by this publication to further advance the work on indicators of sustainable development by adding their own unique perspectives to what already has been learned. We look forward to including your experience in our database of information on the development and use of indicators of sustainable development.

On behalf of the United Nations, I would like to thank all of those organizations, agencies and individuals who have contributed their time and effort to make this publication possible.

JoAnne DiSano Director Division for Sustainable Development . . .

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