Negotiated Official Outcomes at the World Summit on Sustainable Development: A Preliminary View

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The purpose of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) was to review actions taken to foster sustainable development in the past ten years, to reinvigorate efforts to achieve sustainable development, and to 'focus on action-oriented decisions in areas where further efforts are needed .' Thus, the ide was not to renegotiate Agenda 21, the plan of action for sustainable development agreed to at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1992, but to make further progress in implementing it. Accordingly, the WSSD resulted in two negotiated documents–a Plan of Implementation and the Johannesburg Declaration on Sustainable Development. What follows is a preliminary summary of each. Type II outcomes or partnerships are outside the scope of this summary.

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