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Sustainable development strategies

Sustainable consumption programmes can adopt the institutional infrastructure of national sustainable development strategies (NSDS), for which good practices include clear goals and targets, integrated decisionmaking, stakeholder involvement, links to localities, and indicators and monitoring (OECD, 2006a). A few countries have included sustainable consumption and production as an NSDS priority (Czech Republic, France, Korea, and United Kingdom). Others include issues relating to sustainable consumption across various parts of their strategies (Austria, Belgium, Finland, Norway, and Sweden). Some national strategies address consumption-related issues in sector policies related to transport, energy, climate change, waste, or integrated product policies (Denmark, Switzerland). The EU Council of Ministers voted to include sustainable consumption and production as a priority in the European Union Sustainable Development Strategy. Links to national strategies help sustainable consumption actions achieve co-ordination and synergies across governments as well as obtain more high-level political commitment. Responsibility for sustainable consumption-related activities in most OECD countries resides with Ministries of Environment, although consumer agencies should be directly involved as well as ministries and agencies dealing with education, social issues, energy, transport, agriculture, etc. Interagency processes developed for national sustainable development strategies can be used to promote shared responsibility and policy-making across government agencies on 56 – INSTITUTIONALISING SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE CONSUMPTION: GOOD PRACTICES IN OECD COUNTRIES – © OECD 2008 sustainable consumption and allow for integration of a package of initiatives. W