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National Councils for Sustainable Development (NCSDs)

National Councils for Sustainable Development (NCSDs) are the highest level body at the national level whose primary mandate is to further sustainable development within the country. The Global Network is therefore open to a wide range of ‘NCSDs’ whose form and function differs considerably from one country to the next. NCSDs can for example be subsidiaries of a government department, semi-public bodies (independent from government but fully state-funded), non-governmental bodies (civil society organisations/networks), or have combination of these governance characteristics. Specific examples include (but are by no means limited to) National Sustainable Development Commissions and National Economic and Social Committees (ESCs).

Typically, NCSDs draw together leading members of civil society and other stakeholders with government representatives to together consult on the preparation of sustainable development strategies and policies and to assist with their dissemination, implementation and in the monitoring of progress.

The Global Network of National Councils for Sustainable Development (NCSDs) aims to strengthen and enhance the work of the highest level sustainable development bodies at the national level. To achieve this, the Global Network provides information on the form and function of the numerous NCSDs across the world, as well as providing a space for these Councils to exchange experiences, ideas and discuss ways to cooperate.


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