Tools for Mainstreaming Sustainable Development in Small States

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Tools for Mainstreaming Sustainable Development in Small States provides a thorough grounding in bringing sustainable development to the forefront of policy-making.

By taking a cross-departmental approach to national planning, more human and financial resources would be available for policy implementation. This is of particular relevance to small states, as they have limited access to resources and are by nature inherently vulnerable.

The book is divided into four parts. Part one explores how small states can move from the Mauritius Strategy of Implementation (MSI) to devising practical national strategies; part two addresses the need for legislative change; part three tackles the social and environmental aspects of progress with MSI; and finally, part four examines methods for monitoring progress.

Contributors to the chapters range from international academics to economists, providing both a theoretical and practical approach. Through case study examples from small states, this book offers invaluable insights into the complexities of implementing sustainable development.



Towards social development in SIDS

Since the UN Conference on the Human Environment in Stockholm, Sweden in June 1972, there has been a pronounced shift away from a preoccupation with economic growth to a more integrated perspective, encompassing all matters relating to the development of the person1. This expanded view of development has been crystallised through a series of UN Conferences held between 1985 and 20052. The participatory and consultative nature of these events has helped to build global consensus that economic growth is not a sufficient condition for the attainment of social development and cannot be sustained in the absence of social development and environmental protection. Equally importantly, the events have prompted the adoption of a more inclusive decision-making process at the national and global level involving state and non-state actors.


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