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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

Prototype Global Sustainable Development Report - Executive Summary

Publication Year: 2014 Publisher: UN-DESA


The Rio+20 outcome document (paragraph 85k) calls for a Global Sustainable Development Report, in
order to bring together dispersed information and existing assessments and to strengthen the science policy
interface at the high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF).

The 2012 Secretary General’s High-level Panel on Global Sustainability had a similar proposal. Following Rio+20, the UN Secretary-General tasked the Division for Sustainable Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs to undertake "in-depth analysis and evaluation of trends and scientific analysis in the implementation of sustainable development, including lessons learned, best practices and new challenges, and cross-sectoral analysis of sustainable development issues".

It was decided to produce a “prototype” report that could illustrate a range of potential content, alternative approaches and various ways of participation. The prototype report will be useful in supporting Member States’ deliberations on the scope and methodology of future editions of the Global Sustainable Development Report. The report should ideally inform the agenda and deliberations of the HLPF, the General Assembly and ECOSOC on sustainable development.

More information on the Global Sustainable Development Report