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Eighth Session of the Committee on Food Security and Sustainable Development (CFSSD-8) and Africa Regional Implementation Meeting (Africa-RIM) in preparation for the Twentieth Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable (CSD-20)

19-21 November 2012 | UN Conference Centre (UNCC), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Flags at the UN Offices in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Josué Dioné, ECA’s Agricultural Marketing and Support Services Section, Food Security and SD Division, who is due to retire from his position as Director of the ECA received tributes at the close of the CFSSD-8.
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CFSSD-8 and Africa-RIMThe Eighth Session of the Committee on Food Security and Sustainable Development (CFSSD-8) and the Africa Regional Implementation Meeting for the Twentieth Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-20) concluded at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Wednesday.

The meeting provided a platform for the Africa Regional Implementation Meeting (Africa-RIM) to discuss and adopt an Outcome Document to serve as Africa’s collective input to CSD-20, focusing on the main outcomes of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20). The session marks a further step in the Africa-RIM’s initiatives, launched during preparations for the Rio+20 Conference, to fine tune its engagement with global sustainable development negotiations.

A number of ministers joined some 200 delegates from member states, regional and sub-regional organizations, national parliaments, UN agencies, Major Groups and intergovernmental organizations attended the meeting. The critical role of African representatives from a number of permanent missions to New York was noted following their lead role in deliberations in Addis Ababa on the Outcome Document for CSD-20.

On 20 and 21 November delegates participated in an Open-ended Drafting Group on the Africa-RIM Outcome Document for CSD-20. The Outcome Document is one of the main outcomes of the session. They focused on recommendations on arrangements for the High-level Political Forum for sustainable development, the Sustainable Development Goals, including Africa’s priorities, and Means of Implementation. One of the recommendations would see the Africa-RIM elevated to a high-level regional forum to ensure that African countries can effectively engage with any new High Level Political Forum on sustainable development.
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Vice-Chair Marjon Camara (Liberia) steered delegations through a paragraph-by-paragraph consideration of the draft Africa-RIM Outcome Document for CSD-20. She tasked a small working group to come up with key text on the High-level Political Forum. Permanent representatives from New York missions played a key role in guiding discussions on the RIM’s position on the Forum and SDGs.
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IISD RS resources
*IISD RS coverage of Rio+20: Third PrepCom and the UNCSD, 13-22 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
*IISD RS summary report of the UNCSD or Rio+20 African Regional Preparatory Process, 20-25 October 2011, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS coverage of CSD-19, 2-14 May 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
IISD RS coverage of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), 26 August - 4 September 2002, Johannesburg, South Africa
*IISD RS coverage of the UN Conference on Environment and Development, 3-14 June 1992, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
*IISD RS archive of sustainable development meetings
*SDG - A mailing list for news on sustainable development policy
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*Sustainable Energy Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of Sustainable Energy Activities
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
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