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

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


Highlights for 
Tuesday, 2 May 2006

In morning and afternoon sessions, regional discussions were held on implementation in the UN ECA, ESCWA, ECE and ESCAP regions. Thematic discussions were held on access to energy services, and on enhancing energy efficiency, pollution, climate change and industrial development. The Partnerships Fair and Learning Center also had ongoing evenets throughout the day.

 

Daily web coverage:  1 May - 2 May - 3 May - 4 May - 5 May - 8 May - 9 May - 10 May - 11 May - 12 May

 
Regional Discussions: Africa
 
 
 
Philippe Niyongabo, Africa Union Commission (left), emphasized energy access, hydropower and governance. Josué Dioné, ECA (right), highlighted the vulnerability of Africa given the high rate of poverty and fragile natural resource based economies.
 
 
Blessing Manale, International Sustainable Development Cooperation, South Africa (left), highlighted inappropriate energy technology and barriers to domestic and foreign investment.
 
West Asia
 
Anhar Hegazi, ESCWA (left), noted the lack of energy access by 21.4% of the population in a region dominated by oil-producing countries. Fouad Shaker, Union of Arab Banks (center), outlined the need for mobilizing private investment and developed country cooperation. Aysar Tayeb, Petroleum Ministry, Saudi Arabia (right), called for Clean Development Mechanism and ODA support for carbon capture and storage.
 
 

Session chair Javad Amin-Mansour, Iran (left); Emad Adly, Arab Network for Environment and Development (right), described weak financial support for communities.

 
Europe
 
 
J.-Christophe Fueg, Federal Office of Energy, Switzerland (left), discussed variations in energy security concerns. Viktor Baranchuk, Ministry of Industrial Policy, Ukraine (center), discussed lessons learned and best practice. Eliot Morley, Minister for the Environment, UK (right), provided a summary of outcomes from the regional implementation forum, and underlined the role of women and youth.
 
 
J.-Christophe Fueg, Federal Office of Energy, Switzerland (left). Kaj Barlund, ECE (center), highlighted regional actions. Martin Williams, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK (right), noted the successes and challenges of the Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution.
 

Asia and the Pacific

 

 

Xinhuai Wang, National Development and Reform Commission, China (left), highlighted the importance of micro level planning, a sound legal framework, active public investment and pricing mechanisms. Liana Bratasida, Ministry of Environment, Indonesia (center), underlined the importance of strategic approaches.
     
 
Susumu Okamoto, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Japan (right), noted the importance of creating enabling conditions for the successful transfer of environmentally sustainable technologies.
 
Thematic Discussions: improving access to reliable, affordable, economically viable, socially acceptable and environmentally sound energy services
 
 
 
Harish Hande, SELCO Solar Light in India (right), identified key elements such as addressing the supply-chain and the linkages between income generation, poverty and energy services.
 
 

Lee Yee Cheong, Energy Commission, Malaysia (left), noted the need to mobilize political will in developing countries and argued that “mega” electrification projects do not benefit the poor. A representative of Business and Industry emphasized the common responsibility to fight bribery and corruption.

 
   
To accelerate the challenges of accessibility, Vijay Modi, Columbia University (left), suggested focusing on institutional access and spreading costs. Noting that electricity in slums is often illegally supplied, Connie Smyser, Smyser Associates (center), highlighted the importance of social partnerships and regulatory support.
 
 
Stephan Contius, Germany, called for expanding energy efficiency measures worldwide, and noted that economies of scale result in lower costs.
 

 

Thematic Discussions: Enhancing energy efficiency to address air pollution, atmospheric pollution, combat climate change, and promote industrial development
 
 
Zhou Dadi, Energy Research Institute (left), highlighted the need for more research in and incentives for sustainable consumption. To overcome barriers, Steven Wiel, Collaborative Labeling and Appliance Standards Programme (right), noted the importance of implementing energy efficiency standards and labels.
 
 

Alfred K. Ofosu-Ahenkorah, Ghana Energy Foundation, outlined supply- and demand-side barriers to energy efficiency. Mark Levine, Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory (right), emphasized end-use energy loss and the success of investment, technical centers, and targets in China.

   
Partnerships Fair: Methane to Markets
 
 
Brian McLean, US EPA, Horacio Terraza, World Bank Landfill Gas to Energy Project, Sharon Lee Smith, EC (moderator), John Gehring, Caterpillar Inc., and Arden Berg, Alberta Energy and Utilities Board
 
 
Horacio Terraza, World Bank Landfill Gas to Energy Project
 
Miscellaneous Photos
 
 
 
 
 
 

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