The World Summit on Sustainable Development
Second Preparatory Committee (PrepCom-II)
New York, 28 Jan - 8 Feb 2002
 
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Monday, 28 January:
During the opening session, Emil Salim, PrepCom Chair, made some introductory remarks and Nitin Desai, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs and Secretary-General for the World Summit on Sustainable Development, gave opening addresses. Following this, delegates adopted the agenda and the organization of work, and discussed accreditation of NGOs and other major groups (E/CN.17/2002/PC.2/16). Delegates then heard presentations on the report of the Secretary-General (E/CN.17/2002/PC.2/7) and on the results of intergovernmental meetings and processes. In the afternoon, the PrepCom heard presentations on the results of regional preparatory committees.

PrepCom Chair Salim emphasized: meaningful and substantial preparations in order to attract the attention of world leaders; the WSSD process meeting new challenges such as globalization; and overcoming environmental, political and economic crisis through the WSSD process.

Opening session and presentations of results of Intergovernmental meetings and processes
Klaus Toepfer, UNEP Executive Director, reported on progress of the ongoing discussions on international environmental governance, highlighting that the final results of the IEG process - to be concluded in Cartagena on February 12, 2002 - will be reported to PrepCom-III.
  
Thorsteinn Ingólfsson, Iceland, reported on the results of the Reykjavik Conference on Responsible Fisheries in the Marine Ecosystem held from 1-4 October 2001 in Reykajavik, Iceland. He said the Conference adopted the Reykjavik Declaration on Responsible Fisheries (E/CN.17/2002/PC.2/3), which provides an important focus for future cooperation in the area of sustainable fisheries.
 
Magnús Jóhannesson, Iceland, reported on the outcome of the Intergovernmental Review on the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities, held in Montreal, Canada, from 26-30 November 2001 The outcomes are contained in E/CN.17/2002/PC.2/15. The Montreal Declaration agreed to a the Review recognizes the direct link between marine degradation, human health, poverty and social and economic development.
  
Dr. Su Jilan, Chair of intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, presented the Resolution of the Executive Council of the International Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO that was held on 10-11 December 2001 (E/CN.17/2002/PC.2/Misc.1), which outlines the IOC's commitments, as well as the deliberations and outcomes of the Global Conference on Oceans and Coasts at Rio+10, which was held in Paris, France, on 3-7 December 2001, as its input toward Chapter 17 of Agenda 21.
  
Nitin Desai, Under-Secretary-General of Economic and Social Affairs, introduced the Secretary-General's report on implementing Agenda 21 (E/CN.17/2002/PC.2/7), and enumerated some of the achievements since Rio, including: establishment of principles such as common but differentiated responsibilities and the precautionary principle; and acceptance that addressing human deprivation is a global responsibility.
 
A representative of the German government discussed results of the International Conference on Freshwater held in Bonn from 3-7 December 2001 (E/CN.17/2002/PC.2/10). She highlighted the Ministerial Declaration, the "Bonn Keys," which point to the main areas of necessary political attention, and Recommendations for Action, which focus on three areas: governance, management and partnerships; mobilizing financial resources; and capacity building and sharing knowledge
  
Gilbert Parent, Canada, discussed outcomes from the International Pollution Prevention Summit (E/CN.17/2002/PC.2/2) held in October 2000 in Canada, which launched the Global Cleaner Production Information Network and produced, inter alia, a series of Action Plans for furthering sustainability goals in the areas of changing behavior, education, finance, and policy and the role of national governments.
 
Austria presented reports of the first and second Global Forums on Sustainable Energy (E/CN.17/2002/PC.2/14). The first Forum was held in December 2000 and dealt with issues pertinent to energy for sustainable development, while the second, held in October 2001, addressed energy technologies for rural development.
  
Representatives from the UN Conference to Combat Desertification (right) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change presented results of the recently-held Conference of the Parties and input from these Conferences to the WSSD preparatory process.
Presentation of the results of regional preparatory committees
Katele Kalumba, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Zambia, presented the outcome of the African Preparatory Conference, and highlighted some of the issues of grave concern to Africa, including: the HIV/AIDS epidemic; lack of financial resources negative trends in the agricultural sector; and a "deindustrialization" phase of the industrial sector. The statement is contained in E/CN.17/2002/PC.2/5/Add.4
 
Abdulmalik Al-Eryani, Minister of Tourism and Environment, Yemen, reported on the West Asia Regional Preparatory Process. He highlighted some of the key issues of priority to the Arab Region, including: escalating poverty and high population growth rates; instability resulting from the lack of regional peace and security; protection of natural resources; and good global governance and its implementation.
 
During the ensuing debate, Spain, speaking on behalf of the European Union, strongly supported the UNECE priorities. He assured delegates that the EU was ready to play a prominent role in preparations for Johannesburg.
A Swiss representative reported on the UNECE (Europe) Regional Ministerial Meeting, and said that the following require collective global action: sustainable management and conservation of natural resources; environment and health; making globalization work for sustainable development; improving governance and democratic processes at all levels; and education, science and technology. The statement is contained in E/CN.17/2002/PC.2/5/Add.1.
 
Long Rthirak, Ministry of the Environment, Cambodia, presented Key Outcomes of the Asia Pacific Regional PrepCom as contained in the Phnom Penh Regional Platform on Sustainable Development, which highlights, inter alia, regional assessment of implementation of Agenda 21; key regional issues and priorities for sustainable development (economic and social issues, environmental and natural resource issues, and cross-sutting issues); and follow up actions.
 
Gelson Fonseca, Junior Permanent Representative of Brazil to the UN, reported on results of the Regional Preparatory Conference of Latin America and the Caribbean and presented the Rio de Janeiro Platform for Action on the Road to Johannesburg 2002. He stressed, inter alia, that promoting sustainability entails not only political will, but a deep cultural change.
Ambassador Kishore Mahbubani, Singapore, spoke on behalf of AOSIS and presented the outcome of the AOSIS Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting held from 7-11 January 2002 in Singapore. He said the following topics were covered at the meeting: common themes for SIDS as viewed by regional organizations; capacity building needs; role of civil society; land degradation and freshwater; climate change, adaptation and renewable energy; vulnerability; oceans; trade and sustainable development; and financing for development.
 
Miscellaneous Photos    
< ENB Managing Editor Kimo Goree speaks with PrepCom Vice-Chair Amb Akasaka.
 
Delegates before the convening of the morning session.
 
African delegates review documents
 
 
 
The Chinese delegation before the convening of the morning session
 
Joke Waller-Hunter, Director, OECD Environment Directorate, and newly-appointed Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.
 

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