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Publications archive - International Activities and Commitments


Key departmental publications, e.g. annual reports, budget papers and program guidelines are available in our online archive.

Much of the material listed on these archived web pages has been superseded, or served a particular purpose at a particular time. It may contain references to activities or policies that have no current application. Many archived documents may link to web pages that have moved or no longer exist, or may refer to other documents that are no longer available.

Cover of WSSD 2002 National Consultations - Discussion paper

WSSD 2002 National Consultations

Discussion paper
Environment Australia, August 2001

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About the discussion paper

The Australian Government is currently preparing key elements of the position it will take to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 2 to 11 September 2002. This discussion paper is intended to encourage views from the Australian public and key stakeholders on issues relating to the further implementation of sustainable development locally, nationally, regionally and globally in the context of the WSSD.

Submissions are requested by 28 September 2001. Submissions should be prepared with a realistic perspective on what might be useful and achievable outcomes from the Summit; Australia is only one of a large number of participants and at present the structure within which discussions at the Summit will take place is difficult to predict. The questions put forward in this paper may be of assistance to stakeholders in preparing their submissions.

Submissions and other input from the consultation process will be considered as the Government formulates its approach to the WSSD and its preparatory process. While seeking to incorporate as much input as possible from the consultations, the Government's approach will be influenced by factors such as Australia's domestic, foreign and development assistance policy priorities.