Fourteenth Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-14)

1-12 May 2006 | United Nations Headquarters, New York


Highlights for 
Wednesday, 10 May 2006

The high-level segment opened in the morning with a statement by UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan. This was followed by a panel-led discussion between ministers, business leaders and representatives of international financial institutions. In the afternoon, the Director General of the World Trade Organization, Pascal Lamy, delivered a statement by video link at the beginning of a high-level discussion on barriers and constraints in the context of addressing the thematic cluster on "The Way Forward.". Photo: UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan addresses the CSD

 

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Opening of the High-Level Segment

Making a Difference: Ministerial dialogue with business leaders

 

 

In his address to CSD-14, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan described the multiple risks associated with the world's deeply entrenched reliance on fossil fuels and the despair of those who lack access to modern energy services. He said the lack of energy acts as a barrier to the achievement of the MDGs and industrial development. The Secretary-General challenged developed countries to help developing countries double their electricity generation capacity, using cleaner technologies, and, on climate change, called for more countries to participate in the flexible mechanisms. He said inter-generational equity exerts only a weak hold on people's imaginations.

 

 

 

Targeting women as part of a pledge to provide 10 million people with modern energy services before 2015, Agnes van Ardenne-van der Hoeven, Minister for Development Cooperation, the Netherlands (left), stressed: output targets for donor countries and a proposal that oil-producing countries allow their ODA percentage to rise with oil prices, and spend the extra money on access to energy for the poor. On energy services for the poor, she mentioned investment by companies and suggested a more balanced Investment Framework for Clean Energy, which addresses this objective. She called on the Russian Precidency of the G8 to place access to energy for the poor on top of its St Petersburg agenda, and invited the World Bank to discuss this issue at its annual meeting. Lindiwe Hendricks, Minister of Minerals and Energy, South Africa (right), called on multilateral agencies to find innovative ways to assess renewable energy proposals, to fund credit guarantees to back technology transfer, and invest in developing country capacity to integrate best practice.

Du Ying, Vice Chairman of National Development and Reform Commission, China, said the gaps in wealth between countries and regions are growing, especially between North and South. He called for an enabling model of economic development, and noted China 's continuing efforts to create a conducive investment climate.

 

Valli Moosa, ESKOM (left), noted that the private sector can contribute to energy access if market incentives are created for large industrial electricity users, with a view to enabling the poor to benefit from infrastructure development. Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry, Qatar (right center), described the role of his country's oil and gas partnership activities, including their contribution to GHG mitigation through natural gas conversion.
 

Noting energy headlines around the world, Paula Dobriansky, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, United States, said the US is working harder than ever to develop transformational energy technologies to reduce reliance on oil. She cited decreases (per kilowatt-hour) in the cost of renewable energy such as wind and solar, cited the importance of effective policy and regulatory frameworks to encourage private investment, and described energy initiatives such as the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership.

 
 
Travis Engen, World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD), underlined that business is the engine of change and the global relationship between energy and climate change.
 
 

A joint statement by NGOs, Workers and Trade Unions, Women, Youth and Indigenous People stressed that sustainable development is not sustained economic growth, but aims to meet basic needs, and emphasized inter-generational equity. Massimo Romano, ENEL SpA, described 2012 – the final year in the 2008-2012 budget period under the Kyoto Protocol - as a barrier to investment and said the European approach needs to include more than 30 percent of emissions to take account of the distribution of emissions between developed and developing country emitters.

 
Ministerial dialogue on the “The Way Forward”
 
 

To ensure coherence on climate change action, Josef Proell, Minister of Agriculture, Forests, Environment and Water, Austria, speaking for the European Community (left), suggested forwarding the CSD-14 Chair's Summary to UNFCCC COP-12. He stressed the importance of follow-up and review of energy for sustainable development, and reiterated its commitments to action-oriented outcomes for CSD-15. Martinus van Schalkwyk, Minister of Enviornmental Affairs, speaking for the G-77/China (right), noted the CSD's important role in considering means of implementation. He highlighted the role of the Bali Strategic Plan for Technology Support and Capacity-building, and called for substantial replenishment of the GEF, noting that its new Resource Allocation Framework severely limits resources available to Africa .

 
 

Georgette Kok, Vice Prime Minister in charge of the Environment, Protection of Nature, Research and Technology (left), said said poverty reduction is central to its sustainable development and investment strategies, and noted its phase-out of leaded gasoline. Onkokame Mokaila, Minister of the Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Botswana, for the Southern African Development Community (right), highlighted a

Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan and the Southern African Power Pool.

 
 

Pascal Lamy, Director-General, World Trade Organization (by video link) (right), said the harm done to the environment must begin to feature as a “cost” in international trade transactions. He added that the WTO will gradually address export restrictions and quotas applied to trade in energy, negotiations on liberalization of environmental goods and services could impact positively on energy, and there are proposals to lower barriers to trade in renewable energy technologies.

 

 
Ian Campbell, Minister for the Environment, Australia (left), called for a “hybrid world” based on a mix of effective energy solutions. Underlining the need to decouple energy demand and environmental degradation, Dick Roche, Minister for Environment, Ireland (right), said the take-up of renewables cannot be left to business and that intergovernmental cooperation must set objectives.
 
Valerie Brachya, Senior Deputy Director General for Policy and Planning, Ministry of the Environment, Israel (left), described solar energy initiatives in construction in her country.
 
Miscellaneous Photos
 
 
 
 
 
 

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