of the Commission on Sustainable Development
Headquarters, New York, 28 April - 9 May 2003
Highlights, Monday, April 28th
to Right: Klaus Töpfer, UNEP Executive Director;
UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic
and Social Affairs;
CSD11 Chair Valli Moosa, South Africa's Minister of
Environmental Affairs and Tourism
The 11th session of
the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-11) began on Monday at UN
headquarters in New York. During the opening plenary, delegates heard
introductory statements and adopted the agenda and organization of work.
In the afternoon, a ministerial round table took place, with participation
of leaders from Major Groups, on the issues of poverty eradication and
changing unsustainable patterns of consumption and production.
with a singing performance by labor union members and a ceremonial lighting
of a candle by Chair Moosa, who
informed delegates that their task was to decide on modalities and a future
work programme for the CSD.
the ministerial statements, GREECE, on behalf of the EU, called for the
structure of the two-year work cycle proposed in the Secretary-General�s
report to be simplified.
AUSTRALIA and CANADA
suggested focusing on one theme over a two-year cycle. Many delegates
supported selecting themes that lack a clear institutional home within the
UN system. NORWAY supported sustainable consumption and production as
another important theme, while PORTUGAL proposed prioritizing water and
sanitation, and oceans.
Mohammed El Yazghi
Minister of Territory, Development, Water and Environment of the Kindom
of Morocco on behalf of the G77/China
Rodoula Zisi, Deputy Minister of Environment, Physical Planning
and Public Works of Greece on behalf of the European Union
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