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Appendix 2: Excerpts from the TOSSD directives

“Paragraphs from ‘TOSSD Reporting Instructions, May 2022”

Definition of TOSSD

8.  The Total Official Support for Sustainable Development (TOSSD) statistical measure includes all officially supported resources to promote sustainable development in developing countries. This includes i) cross-border flows to developing countries and ii) resources to support development enablers and/or address global challenges at regional or global levels.

Definition of sustainable development

10.  The concept of ‘Sustainable Development’ is defined as development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.149

11.  Sustainable Development in the TOSSD context is inherently linked to the Sustainable Development Goals as agreed in the 2030 Agenda.150 6 Activities recorded as TOSSD support the implementation of the SDGs by generating sustainable economic growth, ensuring social inclusion, without compromising the environment. As and when the 2030 Agenda is concluded and replaced by another framework, the TOSSD measure will be updated to link to that framework.

Definition of International Public Goods and global challenges

15.  International Public Goods (IPGs) are goods which provide benefits that are non-exclusive and available for all to consume at least in two countries. The term ‘good’ refers to resources, products, services, institutions, policies and conditions.

16.  Global challenges are issues or concerns that bring disutility on a global scale and that need to be addressed globally.



 Definition first used in the Brundtland Report. (See ‘Report of the World Commission on Environment and Development: Our Common Future’, Chapter 2 ‘Towards Sustainable Development’, p. 41, New York: UN, 1987.) It contains within it two key concepts: i) the concept of ‘needs’, in particular the essential needs of the world’s poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and ii) the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organisation on the environment’s ability to meet present and future needs.


 See «Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development»: Taking into account linkages with sustainable development frameworks established at regional or sub-regional level e.g. by the African Union Commission. See
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