A Pocket Guide to Sustainable Development Governance
Stakeholder Forum - Earth Summit 2012 and the Commonwealth Secretariat – March 2011
Available online PDF [137p.] at: http://bit.ly/oKF5FU
“…..This guide has been initiated by Stakeholder Forum and the Commonwealth Secretariat in response to the perceived ‘knowledge gap’ on the history and dynamics of global governance for sustainable development.
As the ‘institutional framework for sustainable development’ has been Development (UNCSD 2012), it is hoped that this guide will provide the necessary background information on global sustainable development governance to allow both governmental and non-governmental stakeholders to familiarize themselves with the key issues more comprehensively.
The topic of ‘sustainable development governance’ is potentially vast, as governance touches almost all decisions and policy considerations at all levels.
To make this guide manageable and accessible, we have tried to contain the number of issues addressed, and have divided the guide into four distinct sections
• Global Institutions
• Reform Proposals for Sustainable Development Governance
• Processes for Sustainable Development Governance
The Dawn of Sustainable Development
Since the UN Conference on the Human Environment in
A further and significant milestone in the conceptualisation of sustainable development was the 1987 Brundtland Report (Our Common Future) which was published by Gro Harlem Brundtland, the then Prime Minister of Norway.
This gave the most definitive and well used explanation of sustainable development, as:
“..development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs” 2
Edited by Hannah Stoddart
Contributing Authors: Kirsty Schneeberger, Felix Dodds, Andrew Shaw, Milena Bottero, Jack Cornforth, Robert White
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