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1 BellagioSTAMP SusTainability Assessment and Measurement Principles László Pintér, Ph.D. 3 rd World Forum on Measuring the Progress of Societies Busan, South Korea 2009/10/28

2 “As to methods there may be a million and then some, but principles are few. The man who grasps principles can successfully select his own methods. The man, who tries methods, ignoring principles, is sure to have trouble.” Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1890s

3 Context Bellagio Principles (1996) New directions in: -Public policy -Science -Civil society -Business -Technology -Measuring the Progress of Societies -Beyond the GDP -International Commission on Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress


5 Principles 1.Guiding vision 2.Essential considerations 3.Adequate scope 4.Practical focus 5.Transparency 6.Effective communication 7.Broad participation 8.Continuity and capacity

6 Principle 1: Guiding vision Assessing progress towards sustainable development is guided by the goal to deliver wellbeing within the capacity of the biosphere to sustain it for future generations.

7 Principle 2: Essential considerations Sustainability assessments consider: The underlying social, economic and environmental system as a whole and the interactions among its components The adequacy of governance mechanisms Dynamics and interactions between current trends and drivers of change Risks, uncertainties, and activities that can have an impact across boundaries Implications for decision making, including trade-offs and synergies

8 Principle 3: Adequate scope Sustainability assessments adopt: Appropriate time horizon to capture both short and long term effects of current policy decisions and human activities Appropriate geographical scope ranging from local to global

9 Principle 4: Framework and indicators Sustainability assessments are based on: A conceptual framework that identifies the domains that core indicators have to cover reliable data, projections and models The most recent and to infer trends and build scenarios Standardized measurement methods, wherever possible, in the interest of comparability Comparison of indicator values with targets and benchmarks, where possible

10 Principle 5: Transparency Sustainability assessments: Ensure that data, indicators and results are accessible to the public Explain the choices, assumptions and uncertainties determining the results of the assessment Disclose data sources and methods Disclose all sources of funding and potential conflicts of interest

11 Principle 6: Effective communication In the interest of effective communication, to attract the broadest possible audience and minimise the risk of misuse, sustainability assessments: Use clear and plain language Present information in a fair and objective way, that helps to build trust Use innovative visual tools and graphics to aid interpretation and tell a story Make data available in as much detail as reliable and practical

12 Principle 7: Broad participation To strengthen their legitimacy and relevance, sustainability assessments: Find appropriate ways to reflect the views of the public, while providing active leadership Engage early on with users of the assessment so that it best fits their needs

13 Principle 8: Continuity and Capacity Sustainability assessments require: Repeated measurement Responsiveness to change Investment to develop and maintain adequate capacity Continuous learning and improvement

14 Examples of intended uses

15 I need to understand the adequacy of our statistical system to cater to the needs of those in society interested in tracking their own sustainability concerns. (Statistician)

16 We are starting the construction of a system of community indicators. What are the key strategic considerations we need to think of? (Chairperson of community indicator initiative)

17 Was the way we ran this sustainability assessment last time OK, or can we do better? (Leader of assessment team)

18 We are debating a new law on sustainable development. What is the scope of the assessment that government will need to carry out to know whether it’s on track? (Member of parliament)

19 We are doing a legislative audit of the national sustainable development strategy. Can you give me some criteria we can consider when establishing the scope for our audit? (Auditor General)

20 Examples of BellagioSTAMP uses Sustainable Development – A Challenge for European Research; EU DG Research (May 2009) Institutionalizing Sustainable Development Indicators for Measuring Progress of National Strategies, Barbados (September 2009) Defining a framework for metrics in agriculture, forestry and fisheries standards and certification systems for ISEAL (Fall 2009) The Frontiers of Sustainability - Balaton Group 2009 annual meeting (September 2009) Expert meeting on the design of the Global Environment Outlook-5 of UNEP (October 2009) Design of a Community Indicator System initiative for Winnipeg (Fall 2009)

21 BellagioSTAMP authors Jan BAKKES, Senior Advisor, The Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL); Simon BRISCOE, Statistics Editor, Financial Times; Dr. Nikhil CHANDAVARKAR, Chief, Communications and Information Management Service, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, United Nations; Dr. Shailaja CHANDRA, Executive Director, National Population Stabilization Fund, Government of India; Enrico GIOVANNINI, Chief Statistician, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Dr. Edgar GUTIERREZ ESPELETA, Director, School of Statistics, University of Costa Rica; Jon HALL, Project Leader, Global Project on Measuring the Progress of Societies, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Dr. Peter HARDI, Professor and Director, Center for the Social Responsibility of Business, CEU Business School, Central European University; Eszter HORVATH, Chief, Energy and Environment Statistics Branch, UN Statistics Division; Jochen JESINGHAUS, Scientific / Technical Project Officer, Econometrics and Applied Statistics, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen (Ispra), Joint Research Centre, European Commission; Jonathan LOH, Editor, Living Planet Report, WWF and Zoological Society of London; Dr. Robert-André MARTINUZZI, Director, Research Institute for Managing Sustainability, Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration; Robin MIÉGE, Head of Unit, DG Environment, European Commission; Dr. László PINTÉR, Director, Measurement and Assessment Program, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD); Dr. Ken PREWITT, Vice President for Global Centers & Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University; David RUNNALLS, President and CEO, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD); Katherine SCRIVENS, Researcher, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Rob SMITH, Director, Environmental Accounts and Statistics, Statistics Canada; and Dr. Tongsan WANG, Director, Institute of Quantitative and Technical Economics, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences


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