for the Development of a Framework for Strategic Integrated Assessment
13-14 February 2003
several years have witnessed an increased recognition of the importance
of integrating environmental and social considerations in development
planning and decision-making at the policy, planning and programme
level. The result has been the emergence of a number of approaches
with varying terminologies namely strategic impact assessment, strategic
impact analysis, sustainability assessment, and integrated assessment.
When closely examining these approaches, it is evident that they attempt
to achieve the same objective, and carry more similarities than differences.
Developing a framework which builds on the strength of these approaches
and methodologies would clarify the concept behind the terminology,
and define and agree on the approach for integrated planning. It will
also eliminate the confusion resulting from the multiplicity of terminologies
and combine efforts towards the integration of environmental, social
and economic objectives, to help achieve sustainable development .
In order to realize these objectives, UNEP established a Working Group,
comprising of experts and policy makers in the field of integrated
assessment, to develop a framework for strategic integrated planning
and to help guide 8 country projects to test the framework. Due to
the WTO negotiation currently taking place, the important role given
to trade by the WSSD in achieving sustainable development, and emphasis
given to poverty eradication at that Summit, particular focus will
be given to these two aspects in the development of the framework.
To launch this project, UNEP convened the first Working Group Meeting
in Chavannes-de-Bogis, Switzerland, from 13 to 14 February 2003. The
meeting reviewed and provided input to the preparation of the framework,
and the Working Group agreed on a road map for the testing of the
framework and selection and implementation of country projects.
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