The Danish Society for Nature has asked me to comment on the Danish governmentвЂ™s proposed Global Deal (GD) вЂ“ a plan for advancing sustainable development вЂ“ as well as the issue of reforming the EUвЂ™s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). My contribu-tion will be one of a series aimed at helping the Danish government to flesh out the Global Deal. It has been proposed at an opportune time, as it could be linked to the New Partnership for AfricaвЂ™s Development (NEPAD). Besides this, the recent Doha Round of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has thrown up some positive elements that need to be involved in the discussion, as they concern both the Global Deal and NEPAD.
More specifically, I will provide a preliminary perspective on the Global Deal as a pos-sible key outcome of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) to be held in Johannesburg in September 2002; relate it to NEPAD and, then, trace the im-plications of the GD, CAP reform, and NEPADвЂ™s implementation.
In developing my analysis, I will rely on secondary sources in the form of speeches, working documents, and commentaries in the media; it should therefore not be re-garded as conclusive. Moreover, the proposals for a Global Deal are bound to evolve over time. Ultimately, therefore, this paper is meant to stimulate debate and discussion.