Significance of WSSD
The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) convened from 26 August to 4 September 2002, in Johannesburg, South Africa, reaffirmed the international community’s commitment to ‘full implementation’ of Agenda 21, alongside achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and other international agreements. The Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI), adopted at WSSD, sets out new commitments and priorities for action on sustainable development. It is divided into eleven chapters, each with its own specific focus.
WSSD and SIDS
The WSSD reaffirmed the special case of SIDS, dedicating Chapter VII of the JPOI to the sustainable development of SIDS in which it identified a set of priority actions, called for a full and comprehensive review of the BPOA in 2004, and requested the General Assembly at its 57th session to consider convening an international meeting on the sustainable development of SIDS.
Non-negotiated partnerships for sustainable development, also known as Type II partnerships/initiatives, were also a key outcome of the WSSD. As of April 2011, 59 such partnerships registered with the CSD Secretariat focus on the sustainable development of SIDS. However, few of them are currently active.
Follow-up to WSSD
In a follow-up to WSSD, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution (A/57/262), inter alia, called for a 10-year comprehensive review of the BPoA at a high-level international meeting.