Environmental Audit Committee

28 October 2002 New Inquiry: Call For Evidence.  World Summit on Sustainable Development 2002: Turning rhetoric into reality


28 October 2002 New Inquiry: Call For Evidence.  World Summit on Sustainable Development 2002: Turning rhetoric into reality

At the World Summit on Sustainable Development in September, world leaders agreed a global plan to work towards eradicating poverty, changing unsustainable patterns of production and consumption and protecting the natural resources which we all rely upon for our economic and social wellbeing.  The Secretary of State for the Environment, Margaret Beckett, hailed the overall outcome of the Summit as "remarkable" and was in "no doubt that our descendants will look back on this Summit, and say that we set out on a new path." However, comprehensive targets were not agreed in all key areas, for example the use of renewable energy, and it remains to be seen how far the Summit will influence the UK's own approach to sustainable development.

The Environmental Audit Committee will now be examining the impact of the World Summit on UK policy and just how the Government intends to set out on this "new path" and act upon the commitments it made at the Summit.

To inform its inquiry, the Committee is seeking written evidence on the following themes:

a) The overall performance and strategy of the UK delegation at the Summit and the degree of involvement and influence of non-governmental stakeholders at the event;

b) How far the UK Government capitalised on the Summit to raise awareness of sustainable development issues at home;

c) How the commitments made at the summit could/should reshape existing UK policies/strategies or act as the catalyst for new initiatives;

d) How far the Government has maintained stakeholder dialogue post-Johannesburg to inform its implementation of Summit commitments;

e) The particular changes to the EU strategy for sustainable development which the UK

Government should be advocating when the strategy is reviewed at the Spring European Council in 2003.

Written submissions are invited from interested parties to reach the Committee by FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER 2002.  A brief guidance note on the preparation and submission of written evidence is available on request (please call 020 7219 6150) or on the Committee's website: http://www.parliament.uk/commons/selcom/witguide.htm