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DEFRA's SD strategy

18 June 2002

DEFRA's sustainable development strategy an example others must

The Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) welcomes today's publication of
DEFRA's sustainable development strategy yet urges the rest of Government to
follow DEFRA's lead.

Jonathon Porritt, chair of the SDC, says: 'We warmly welcome the publication of
DEFRA's own sustainable development strategy. But for the Government to deliver
on its commitment to putting sustainable development at the heart of everything it
does, every Government department must develop its own sustainable
development strategy over the next couple of years. These strategies must
demonstrate both the policy contributions it can make to the Government's
overarching strategy in this area, and its own plans and targets for improving
environmental and socially responsible performance.

For DEFRA, this is all the more important as it has the crucial task of championing
sustainable development across the whole of Government, a role which will need to
be interpreted even more dynamically and consistently around the time of the
World Summit on Sustainable Development.'

Notes for editors

The Sustainable Development Commission (SDC) is the Government's independent
sustainable development advisor, reporting to Tony Blair and the devolved
administration leaders. www.sd-commission.org.uk

SDC's remit is to advocate sustainable development across all sectors in the UK,
review progress towards it, and build consensus on the actions needed for further
progress. SDC is currently working in the areas of climate change, energy policy,
food, health and agriculture, and regeneration.

Sustainable development provides a framework for redirecting our economies to
enable everyone to meet their basic needs and improve their quality of life, while
ensuring that the natural resources upon which they depend are maintained and
enhanced, both for their benefit and for that of future generations.

The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) takes place in Johannesburg
from 26 August-4 September inclusive. The SDC will be publishing its assessment of
the UK's performance on sustainable development in the run-up to WSSD and
hosting early September events on responsible food procurement and
environmental justice.

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