Goals and Priorities

The Department of Sustainable Development (DSD) supports OAS member States in the design and implementation of policies, programs and projects oriented to integrate environmental priorities with poverty alleviation, and socio-economic development goals. Translating sustainable development and environmental protection goals into concrete actions, DSD supports the execution of multiple country projects in such diverse areas as Integrated Water Management, Energy and Climate Change Mitigation, Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation, Biodiversity and Sustainable Land Management and Environmental Law, Policy and Good Governance. The Department also supports transparency and Public Participation, as practical ingredients of good governance.   

Recent policy mandates emanated from:

  • The Second Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High Level Authorities on Sustainable Development (Santo Dominguez) in 2010,

  • The First Inter-American Meeting and High Level Authorities on Sustainable Development (Santa Cruz + 10) in 2006,
  • The World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 2002,
  • The meeting of the Inter-American Committee on Sustainable Development (CIDS) in Washington DC, in 2002,
  • The Summit of the Americas on Sustainable Development held in Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia, in 1996.