said that at its next session, the CSD must review
the issue of unsustainable patterns of consumption and lifestyles
in developed countries and solicit concrete, quantitative and
qualitative commitments from the developed countries. Specific
policies must also be formulated for a conducive international
economic environment, including access of developing country
exports to the markets of the developed countries. The CSD's
establishment of the two ad hoc working groups on technology
transfer and finance is an important step forward in the
implementation of the Rio commitments. The technology group must
clearly identify the measures for the operationalization of the
commitments regarding transfer of environmentally sound technology.
The finance group must identify the exact figure required for the
implementation of each programme area in Agenda 21 as well as
mechanisms for financing them.
The Czech Republic recognized the difficulty in assessing
performance and progress towards sustainable development due to the
lack of adequate indicators. These would provide a reliable and
unambiguous measurement of progress towards sustainability. These
indicators should be developed to meet the needs of all
constituencies. NGOs not only have the right to information, but
the provision of adequate information to them is a prerequisite to
any real progress toward sustainability.