The second session of the UNCSD Preparatory Committee (PrepCom II) invited States and other stakeholders to provide their inputs and contributions in writing by 1 November 2011 for inclusion in a compilation document to serve as the basis for the preparation of a zero draft of the outcome document.
The newly released guidance note aims to assist States and other stakeholders in responding to the invitation.
July 2011: The Co-Chairs of the Bureau for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda) and In-kook Park (Republic of Korea), have issued a guidance note regarding input for the Outcome Document of the Conference.
The second session of the UNCSD Preparatory Committee (PrepCom II) invited States and other stakeholders to provide their inputs and contributions in writing by 1 November 2011 for inclusion in a compilation document to serve as the basis for the preparation of the zero draft of the outcome document. The zero draft resulting from the compilation document will be presented for discussion in January 2012, beginning a series of negotiations on the outcome document leading to the UNCSD in June 2012. The co-Chairs formally issued a request for input to the compilation document on 14 March 2011, and the newly released guidance note aims to support States and other stakeholders in responding to the invitation.
The note indicates that: its guidance is not binding; all submissions will be posted in full on the UNCSD website; and the guidance should not be interpreted as prejudging the structure or content of the zero draft of the Conference outcome document.
The note offers guidance on the deadline and method for submissions, length and general content of submissions, and specific elements to be considered. The specific elements include: sectoral priorities and initiatives that contribute to integrating the three pillars of sustainable development and that could be launched and endorsed at the UNCSD; how green economy can be a means to achieve sustainable development in its three dimensions and poverty eradication, what its potential added value is, experience to date including what has worked and how to build upon successes, what are the challenges and opportunities and how to address the challenges and seize opportunities, and possible elements of an agreement in the outcome document on a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; priorities and proposals for strengthening the individual pillars of sustainable development, as well as for strengthening integration of the three pillars, at multiple levels – local, national, regional and international; and any proposals for refinement of the two themes. [Guidance Note]