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2005 September Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development

September 2005 Report—Chapter 7

Case Study 7.1—The United Kingdom: An example of a government strategy within a national sustainable development framework

The strategy

In 2005, the UK Prime Minister released a revised sustainable development strategy for his government. The strategy

  • set a small number of key priorities,
  • required departmental action plans based on the strategy by December 2005, and
  • explained how the UK was taking action on commitments from the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

The strategy was accompanied by a strategic framework—agreed to by the UK government and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland—that would guide the sustainable development strategies of each. The strategy established 68 indicators on key outcomes to be reported annually, including 20 shared by the UK government and the devolved administrations.

A permanent group in the UK government's DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), which monitors and reports on sustainable development across departments, led development of the strategy.