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INFORMATION FOR DECISION-MAKING

SECOND EXPERT GROUP MEETING ON INDICATORS: The second Expert Group Meeting on sustainable development indicators took place in New York from 25-26 July 1995. The meeting, which was organized by the DPCSD Division for Sustainable Development, brought together experts from UN organizations as well as intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations that are active in this field. The meeting produced a joint plan of implementation of the work programme adopted by the CSD in April 1995. The plan includes collaborative efforts to develop "methodology sheets" for each of the indicators identified in the work programme. Other parts of the work plan include: capacity building and training activities at the regional level; development of a roster of indicator experts; testing and monitoring of progress achieved in a few selected countries; and further development of indicators of sustainable development. For more information, contact Mr. Lars Mortenson, DPCSD, tel: +1-212-963-8805; fax: +212-963-1267; e-mail: mortensen@un.org.

SCIENTIFIC WORKSHOP ON INDICATORS FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT: This workshop, co-sponsored by the German Ministry of Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, UNEP, the European Commission, the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, and the Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (SCOPE), was held in Wuppertal, Germany, from 15-17 November 1995. The workshop built upon a previous SCOPE workshop held in Ghent, Belgium in January 1995. The focus of this workshop shifted from the users' needs to the scientific and academic issues underlying sustainable development indicators. The workshop addressed sustainable development indicators as well as the economic, social, institutional, and environmental systems underlying them. The workshop also examined ongoing and new approaches to aggregation of indicators as well as the issue of data production and availability.