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Executive summary

The 2013–2016 Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS) Management Framework outlines the key systems and procedures required to implement the Federal Sustainable Development Act (the Act). The updated 2013–2016 FSDS Management Framework is based on the 2011 version, but is updated to align with the 2013–2016 FSDS period. 

The FSDS Management Framework serves to improve accountability for the FSDS and its progress reports. The Management Framework is a good management practice in that it provides guidelines for managing, monitoring and reporting on the FSDS. It guides oversight of a complex horizontal initiative involving departments and agencies from across the federal government, and promotes coordination and collaboration among participants. It clarifies the management, reporting and accountability structures required to effectively implement the Act. 

The FSDS Management Framework also:

  • supports the principles of the Management Accountability Framework (MAF) for modern public service management;
  • improves accountability for the FSDS and its progress reports;
  • guides evidence-gathering to support potential audits and evaluations;
  • is consistent with international best practices; and,
  • supports the FSDS system of "Plan, do, check and improve". 

The Management Framework consists of five key elements:

Please note that a list of abbreviations is found in Appendix 3.


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