Plain language Guide to the World Summit on Sustainable Development


The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg in 2002 brought together thousands of delegates who mapped out the future of the global sustainable development agenda. The resulting technical document, the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI), identifies priorities in the implementation of Agenda 21 and other international agreements, and commitments that will take these priorities forward. This plain language version provides an invaluable reference to the outcomes of the WSSD by explaining the JPOI clearly for the lay person and expert alike.

By Jan McHarry, Janet Strachan, Rosalie Callway and Georgina Ayre

Janet R Strachan is an adviser at the Commonwealth Secretariat on sustainable development policy and negotiation. She has 20 years experience working with over 45 countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Pacific, and the Mediterranean. Georgina Ayre is an environmental sustainability policy advisor with experience in multi-stakeholder dialogues. She recently joined the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and is predominantly working with the United Nations system. Jan McHarry is an independent consultant on sustainable development, local sustainability, waste and recycling issues. Rosalie Call way is an international policy officer at the Local Government International Bureau. Her work focuses on sustainable development and governance issues.

‘The guide will be widely used in the Commonwealth and beyond to promote understanding and engagement in the WSSD process at all levels’From the Foreword by Don McKinnon, Commonwealth Secretary General

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