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DEFRA has published plans for delivering the commitments made by the ...
DEFRA has published plans for delivering the commitments made by the

UK government at the World Summit for Sustainable Development, held

in Johannesburg in 2002. The plans set out the intermediate steps

needed to meet our long term aims. They also report on progress made

so far. The summit set an ambitious agenda, with challenging goals

and targets. Participants called for a focus on delivery: a

step-change from words to action.

The UK government is committed to delivering the outcomes of the

summit, recognising that the event was a significant step on a long

road to achieving sustainable development globally.

The plans published today cover the WSSD commitments where DEFRA has

responsibility for leading UK policy: agriculture, chemicals,

fisheries, international biodiversity, oceans and sustainable

consumption and production. They follow the government's announcement

in February 2003 of how it intended to meet the commitments made at

the summit, and an update of progress issued on the summit's first


The delivery plans are available here.

Further information can be found in the weekly focus article

available here.


1 The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) took place in

Johannesburg from 26 August to 4 September 2002. The global

commitments made at the summit are set out in a detailed Plan of

Implementation. More information on the summit is available hereand


2 In February 2003 the government set out the main commitments from

the WSSD and provided an overview of how it would take these forward

(available here). It provided an updat e of

progress on the first anniversary of the summit (available here.

3 The government is pursuing implementation of the WSSD commitments

by building upon existing workstreams and processes. In its response

to the House of Commons' Environmental Audit Committee report on WSSD

follow-up (published on 28 January 2004), the government committed

itself to publishing summary versions of delivery plans, where these

have been produced and finalised by departments. Today's publication

of the DEFRA delivery plans is in line with that commitment. The

government's response to the EAC can be accessed here.

4 The government will consider how best to report on progress in

meeting these commitments in the future in the light of the

consultation to develop new UK sustainable development strategy,

which is considering both domestic and international dimensions. More

information about the consultation is available here.

5 See the government's sustainable development website for a full

analysis of progress to date on sustainable development,

internationally and domestically:

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