• Submitted by: United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA)
  • Topic: Sustainable consumption and production
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  • Date of completion: 2012-09-01
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  • This voluntary initiative came from Partnerships for SD (CSD11/WSSD)
Sustainable Development Knowledge Partnership


Government of Italy - Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea

Major Groups:
International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland)
Boston University Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the longer-Range Future (United States of America)
International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) (Canada)
Development Alternatives and Center for Science and Environment (India)
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) (Sweden)

UN System:
UN-DESA- Division for Sustainable Development (United States of America)

The Club of Rome (Belgium)
International Sustainable Development Research Network (ISDRN) (Netherlands)
The Balaton Group (United States of America)
The Great Transition Initiative (United States of America)

Description/achievement of initiative

The mission statement of the SDKP is the following:

To organize the knowledge on sustainable development in order to make it more useful for practitioners and policy makers.

To that end, the SDKP will establish a broad-based partnership which will bring together individuals, institutions and networks engaged in the production and dissemination of knowledge on sustainable development with the following objectives:

i. To organize the web-based information on Sustainable Development and make it available to the policy making and other communities in a coherent and user-friendly form;

ii. To build relations with existing networks working on SD, and make their activities more visible to policy-makers;

iii. To document success stories, best practices, evaluations of policies and programmes in the sustainable development domain and to make them available in web-based, user-friendly form;

iv. To organize a dynamic stocktaking exercise of Sustainable Development over the past two decades;

v. To publish and disseminate the partnership's research in a variety of media, possibly including a sustainable development book series;

vi. To provide capacity building through training for policy makers and their advisors as well as for government representatives working on sustainable development issues.

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