Sustainable Development Policy & Practice is a knowledge management project tracking intergovernmental and other international activities on sustainable development. It is managed by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) Reporting Services.

The launch of Sustainable Development Policy & Practice comes as the UN, governments, academics, NGOs, businesses, and the media undertake preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, also known as Rio+20), set to take place in Brazil in 2012. The UNCSD will convene 20 years after the 1992 UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED, also known as the Rio Earth Summit), and will seek to assess implementation of previous commitments while addressing new and emerging challenges to sustainable development.

Information on United Nations activities is provided in cooperation with the UN system agencies, funds and programmes through the United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination (CEB) Secretariat.

All news articles on Sustainable Development Policy & Practice are researched and produced by a team of thematic experts, resulting in all original content.

Features of the website include:
  • A knowledgebase of summaries of activities (publications, meetings, statements or projects) by a range of actors, with the option to search by several categories (region, actor, action and issue);
  • An archive of all posts on the site, organized by date posted;
  • A clickable world map, enabling you to view the latest sustainable development policy news by region (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America & the Caribbean, Near East, Northern America, and South West Pacific);
  • A link to subscribe to UNCSD-L, a moderated community announcement list for policy-makers and practitioners involved with UNCSD preparations;
  • A link to the most recent “UNCSD Update,” a periodic feed of recent posts to the Sustainable Development Policy & Practice knowledgebase;
  • A Calendar of upcoming international events related to the UNCSD;
  • A link to our Sustainable Development iCalendar, which automatically updates your own calendar program with upcoming UNCSD-related events; and
  • A link to our RSS feed.

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Funding for Sustainable Development Policy & Practice has been provided by Germany's Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU) and France's Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing (Directorate for European and International Affairs Department of Climate Change and Sustainable Development).

For further information on this initiative or to provide us with information about your sustainable development-related activity, please contact Faye Leone, Content Editor, at <a href=""></a>