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).
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.
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.