Prepared by UNDP
in collaboration with UNFPA.
United Nations Development Programme
UNDP's mission is to help countries build their own capacities
for sustainable human development. In carrying out this mandate, UNDP focuses on
supporting developing countries in efforts aimed at achieving four goals:
- poverty elimination
- creation of jobs and
- advancement of women, and
- protection and
regeneration of the environment.
Because poverty and the environment are inseparably linked,
development must be both people centered and environmentally sustainable.
Preservation and sustainable use of natural resources are cornerstones of
policies that ensure resources are available to improve the quality of life of
present and future generations.
In more than 130 countries, the United Nations Development
Programme works with governments to transform the concept of sustainable
development into something concrete and meaningful in the lives of people. One
important tool in this endeavor is Capacity 21.
Capacity 21 was launched at the United Nations Conference on
Environment and Development in Rio de Janeiro in 1992. It was created to assist
developing countries in building their capacity to integrate the principles of
Agenda 21 into national planning and development. It was designed to be a
strategic instrument to help countries make the broad and important changes they
need to embark on a path of sustainable development.
More information on Capacity 21 is available through the UNDP
internet Gopher Server at gopher.undp.org or through the UNDP Web page at
Strengthening the Fabric of Society is a series of
monographs produced by UNDP on the subject of capacity building and its role in
advancing sustainable development. The series strives to provide guidance to
practitioners and committed activists, whether in a village council, a
government ministry, a school or church, or a family, regarding practical steps
that can be taken to make a difference. The series will also assist policy
makers, program officers, project managers and donors in assessing and
responding to capacity building requirements.
Each publication in the series focuses on building capacity in a
different sector of society, and draws on the expertise of United Nations bodies
relevant to each sector.
Additional copies of this monograph may be obtained by
Sustainable Energy and Environment
304 East 45th Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY
Fax: (212) 906-6973
Coordinator: Karen Jorgensen
Series Editor: Charles
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