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UN DESA DSD Sixteenth Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-16)
New York | 5-16 May 2008
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CSD-16 Discusses Rural Development

The sixteenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-16) convened for its second day on Tuesday, 6 May 2008, at United Nations headquarters in New York. Delegates continued their consideration of the thematic cluster for the 2008/2009 implementation cycle - agriculture, rural development, land, drought, desertification and Africa.

During the morning, delegates heard presentations and exchanged views on the theme of rural development and considered regional issues for Asia and the Pacific and Latin America and the Caribbean.

During the afternoon delegates heard presentations and exchanged views on the theme of agriculture and rural development and considered regional issues for the UNECE. An interactive dialogue was held with Major Groups during the late afternoon.


Tuesday, 6 May, 2008
Rural Development and Agriculture

The morning session dealt with rural development topics.

Ambassador Olivier Belle (Belgium).

Taghi Farvar (IUCN).

Jeanette Gurung (WOCAN).

Margaret Mukahanana-Sangarwe (Zimbabwe).

Naresh Singh (Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor)

Yacine Diagne (ENDA Tiers Monde)

The afternoon session dealt with agriculture and rural development.

Christopher Leaver (Oxford University).

Malawi said it has provided seeds to the rural poor and trained farmers.

Piragibe dos Santos Tarragö (Brazil).

Christine McMeckan (Workers and Trade Unions).

John Pender (International Food Policy Research Institute).

Israel.
Regional Perspectives

Regional perspectives on Asia and the Pacific.

Sanjay Kumar (India).

Athili Anthony Saprüna (Indigenous Peoples).

Meena Bigli (WOCAN).

Regional perspectives from Latin America and the Caribbean.

Ana Bianchi (Argentina).

Juan Carlos González (Venezuela).

Sergio Zelaya (UNCCD focal point).

Regional perspectives on the UNECE region.

Violeta Ivanov (Moldova).

Jiri Hlavacek (Czech Republic).

Nadine Gouzee (Belgium).

Dragica Iskrenovič (Slovenia, for the EU).

Elfriede More (Austria).

Christine Jakobsson (Baltic 21).
Dialogue with Major Groups

Hama Arba Diallo (Local Authority).

Henrike Peichert (Germany).

Women.
Learning Centre and Partnership Fair

Participants at a course in the Learning Centre on "How to effectively manage food production systems under water and land constraints."

Participants at the Partnership Fair session on "why partnerships are critical in addressing desertification and drought."
Side Events

At lunchtime, UNCCD and Italy presented a side event, "The Right to Food and Water Implies the Duty to Conserve the Land."

Israel presented a lunchtime side event, "From Arid Regions to Agricultural Oasis."

In the evening, the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture and Adelboden Group presented a side event, "Main challenges for sustainable agriculture and rural development in mountain regions."

The International Federation of Business and Professional Women presented an evening side event, "Mobilizing Communities for Reforestation and Water Protection: 'Tree is life'."

An evening side event by the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions addressed "Secure Land Rights in Africa Grassroots and 'Legal Empowerment' Strategies."
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Links to CSD-16 Information

UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) CSD 16 website
CSD 16 Organization of Work (draft proposal)
CSD 16 Documents
DSD SIDS website
CSD 16 Regional Implementation Meetings
Partnerships Fair

Links to IISD RS coverage and resources

Earth Negotiations Bulletin CSD 15 coverage, 30 April-11 May 2007
Earth Negotiations Bulletin CSD 14 coverage, 1-12 May 2006
Earth Negotiations Bulletin CSD 13 coverage, 11-22 April 2005
Earth Negotiations Bulletin CSD coverage
Earth Negotiations Bulletin UN Convention to Combat Desertification coverage
IISD RS coverage of sustainable development meetings
Linkages sustainable development news page
Linkages Update - Newsletter on international sustainable development issues
MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
African Regional Coverage

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