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
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
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: