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GUI2006 sustainable trade & poverty reduction _UN

GUI2006 sustainable trade & poverty reduction _UN

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Official & detailed guidelines about “sustainable trade & poverty reduction: new approaches to integrated policy making at the national level”, with country studies & projects recommendations - 160pp
Source: unep (WO, 2006) >>> www.unep.org
Official & detailed guidelines about “sustainable trade & poverty reduction: new approaches to integrated policy making at the national level”, with country studies & projects recommendations - 160pp
Source: unep (WO, 2006) >>> www.unep.org

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Sustainable Trade and PovertyReduction
New approaches to integrated policy makingat the national level 
 
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Preface
Today’s public policies, especially in the development realm, rarely fail to involve some form of stakeholder  participation and reference to sustainable development. Examples are as wide-ranging as Indonesia’sPoverty Reduction Strategy Papers, Lebanon-European Union Association Agreement and Uganda’s draft
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 policymaking and addressing the general goal of sustainability.The challenges, however, are to improve the effectiveness of stakeholder participation and comprehensivelyinternalise the implications of a given policy in future policymaking processes. Participation should not belimited to satisfy mere procedural requirements and contribute little to policy quality. The appearance of referring to economic, social, and environmental issues also does not mean that their interdependencies areknown and analysed or that the results of the analysis will help policymaking.In response to these challenges, UNEP began an Integrated Assessment and Planning (IAP) initiative in 2003with the involvement of nine countries. This initiative, which builds on a series began in 1997, goes beyondthe usual focus on policy assessment, which has tended to run independently of the process of policymaking.Instead, IAP now encourages the reform of the policymaking process by institutionalising stakeholder  participation, other good governance principles, and comprehensive analysis. Although the initiative pilotedwith only one or two policymaking processes in each participating country, it is hoped that broad-based IAPwill be widely adopted.UNEP started this IAP initiative with the recognition that this was an ambitious attempt. It is one thingto mobilise stakeholders, assess policies, and provide input to policymakers from the sidelines. It is quiteanother to improve existing policymaking processes, which are closely tied to social structures, cultures andestablished political, legal, and administrative systems, all of which have their own built-in rigidities. Withthis IAP initiative, UNEP hopes to at least help participating countries identify shortcomings in existing policymaking processes and begin the search for improvement.The results, synthesised in this report, are comprehensive, but as far as success is concerned, there have
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shortcomings in existing processes, procedural and analytical. But in most cases, the IAP processes, to

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