CSD-13 Intergovernmental Prep Meeting
United Nations headquarters, New York
28 February - 4 March 2005

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CSD-13 IPM Concludes Its Work

In the morning, delegates convened in plenary to continue discussing interlinkages and cross-cutting aspects between the three themes. The draft Chair's text was circulated in the afternoon, following which delegates provided initial comments. In closing, delegates, UN agencies and Major Groups presented final statements. Chair Ashe closed the IPM at 5:49 pm.


Friday, 4 March
Policy Options and Possible Actions

Vice-Chair Dagmara Berbalk of Germany led a short morning plenary session in which several delegations presented views on policy options and possible actions for water, sanitation and human settlement which had been deferred from Thursday due to time constraints.

Maria Teresa Rosas Jasso of Mexico stressed the importance of legislation's recognition of the equal rights of women, in moving towards gender mainstreaming.

Marc Trouyet of France suggested defining the roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders in implementing services.

Speaking on behalf of women's groups, Emmy Galama-Rommerts of the International Council of Women emphasized the importance of working at the local level.
Closing Plenary

On Friday afternoon, Chair Ashe introduced the draft Chair's text. He said the text focused on policy options and policy actions that were identified by delegations and other participations throughout the meeting. He said that while the options seek to apply to as wide a range of countries as possible, special consideration was given to addressing the need of Africa, LDCs and SIDS, noting their challenges in achieving sustainable development and in meeting the JPOI targets and MDGs. He noted that the text comprised three sections corresponding to each of the themes, and a section highlighting the interlinkages among them. Chair Ashe then invited delegations to provide comments on the text.
Final Statements

Speaking for the G-77/China, Byron Blake of Jamaica said the meeting had moved the implementation process forward.

Speaking for the EU, Marguy Kohnen of Luxembourg said CSD-13 should proceed from identifying obstacles to defining measures to overcome them, including through the identification of actors to meet the challenges. She called for innovative action-orientated outcomes, combined with political commitment and action.

Jonathan Margolis of the US requested the Chair and Secretariat to provide a clear sense of how voluntary commitments can be brought forward at CSD-13. He said there was a need to discuss the Secretariat's role in support of the CSD's new ways of doing business, and requested that CSD-13 include an opportunity to discuss possible guidance the Commission might give on the Secretariat's future role.

Japan said CSD-13 must serve as a forum for taking further concrete steps for the implementation of sustainable development. He proposed that the post CSD-13 phase continue to focus on the implementation of the thematic cycle, including by exploiting venues in the UN system, such as UN-water.

Norway urged CSD-13 to address the formalization of economic assets into secure legal rights. She said that together with Sweden and the WHO they would release a study during CSD-13 on the macro-economic case for investments in water and sanitation, with the key message that improved investments will boost economic growth and contribute to poverty eradication.

UNICEF stressed the need to address decentralization, financial resources, expertise, gender inequalities and adequate central government support.
Input from Major Groups

Speaking for trade unions, David Boys of Public Service International expressed frustration that their proposals where not reflected in the chair's paper. He also called for countries to include utility managers in their CSD-13 delegations.

On behalf of women's groups, Emmy Galama-Rommerts of the International Council of Women stressed the Beijing +10 conclusion that no tool is as effective for sustainable development as investing in women.

Speaking for the scientific and technological community, Gisbert Glaser of the International Council for Science said there should be a recognition in CSD-13 outcome on the need for provision for science on water and sanitation integration, and stressed, inter alia, the need for building enhanced regional scientific and technological capacities, specially in developing countries.

On behalf of NGOs, Rosemary Rop of the African Civil Society Network on Water pointed out that the actions to which States commit must add up to coherent packages in the context of each country, and called for CSD-13 to result in country specific tables of commitments by each player active in the country.

Speaking for local authorities, Rosalie Callway of the Local Government International Bureau underscored that the environmental sphere has been neglected in the chair's text, and called for commitment for action and financial resources for decentralization and local authorities as an outcome to CSD-13.

On behalf of indigenous people, Lucy Mulenkei of the Indigenous Information Network regarded the lack of reference to them in the text, even though they play a key environmental role. She noted water development infrastructure can threaten Indigenous People, and therefore consultations with them are essential. She said governance must be transparent and responsive to their concerns.

Speaking for farmers, Lovemore Simwanda of the Zambia National Farmers Union highlighted how they face the challenge of increasing food production while protecting environment at the same time.

On behalf of youth, Luis Davila Ortega of Global Youth Action Network stressed that the chair's text was a missed opportunity to focus on human settlements, which is the most relevant theme to youth.

Speaking for business and industry, Thierry Chambolle of ICC and WBCSD pointed out that in the area of partnerships, business can provide not only financial resources but technical and managerial expertise.
Highlighting the goal of producing a concise, concrete, action-oriented outcome of CSD-13, Chair Ashe urged delegates to: reflect on which options and actions would advance implementation and require intergovernmental agreement; and forward specific examples of case studies and measures to the Secretariat, with the aim of sharing these practices on the CSD website. In closing, he noted that CSD-13 has undertaken significant reforms, and that the success of the first IPM hinged on whether the Commission can take decisions on options that will have a real impact. He closed the session at 5:49 pm.
Around the IPM

Baba Cisse (Senegal), Eirah Gorre-Dale (WSSCC), Adama Mbaye (Senegal), Amadou Niane (Senegal) and Alexis Campal (Senegal)

Chair Ashe talks with Raphael Azeredo of Brazil.

Mohammad Naeemi of Afghanistan and Byron Blake of Jamaica.

Vice Chair Dagmara Berbalk of Germany looks at paperwork with a participant.

Delegates from Norway confer with Jonathan Margolis of the US.

A warm welcome!

Delegates from Canada confer with Hugh Wilkins of WWF International.

Kuwait intervenes.

Benin intervenes.

Saudi Arabia intervenes.

A musical group from Friday night's tsunami benefit concert stopped by during the lunch break.

"Rol" Reiland of Luxembourg in a contemplative moment.

Secretariat interns like Sonia Karim of Sierra Leone helped keep things running smoothly.

"The Gates" art installation in Central Park

The Empire State Building at dusk

Washington Arch in Greenwich Village
Earth Negotiations Bulletin Team

Team leader/writer Prisna Nuengsigkapian (Singapore), writer Richard Sherman (South Africa)

Writers Amber Moreen (US), Miquel Muñoz (Spain), and Twig Johnson (US)

Logistics Coordinator "Pui" Kahusantisuk (Thailand)

Digital Editor Dan Birchall (US)

IISD Reporting Services Director "Kimo" Goree (left) and Pincas Jawetz of the World Sustainable Energy Coalition.

Relevant weblinks

CSD-13 website
Provisional agenda
Programme of work
Draft organization of work
SG's reports on water, sanitation and human settlements
Notes of CSD-13 Bureau meetings

ENB's coverage of recent CSD sessions

CSD-13 briefing: 1 February 2005
CSD-13 briefing: 5 October 2004
CSD-12: 19-30 April 2004
CSD-11: 28 April to 9 May 2003


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