As an offshoot of Agenda 21, many countries have formulated their own national sustainable development goals and strategies. In response to the UN's call to form bodies similar to the UNCSD, for example, the Philippines established the Philippine Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) in 1992 (PCSD, 1997a). One of the key outputs of the PCSD to date is the formulation of Philippine Agenda 21, which was formally adopted in 1996 as the national agenda for sustainable development in the 21st century (PCSD, 1997b).
In addition, national development goals and objectives are generally well defined for each country and are typically embodied in one or more documents. In the Philippines, national development goals are contained in its medium-term development plans. For instance, the plan for 1988-92 contained the following national development goals: alleviation of poverty, generation of more productive employment, promotion of equity and social justice, and attainment of sustainable economic development (NEDA, 1988). Currently being finalized is the medium-term development plan for 1999-2004.
The Parties may wish to ensure that LULUCF activities and projects are consistent with, and supportive of, national sustainability goals and the objectives of host countries. The broad set of national-level indicators being developed under the coordination of the UNCSD (Section 22.214.171.124), as well as those being developed for specific LULUCF sectors (Section 126.96.36.199), may be useful to Parties seeking to develop indicators with which to assess such consistency. A more detailed assessment of options for host countries to ensure that LULUCF projects are consistent with national and local goals and objectives is provided in Section 5.6.
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