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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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SIDS Day and Review of CSD-13 Water and Sanitation Decisions

The sixteenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-16) entered its second week on Monday, 12 May, 2008, at United Nations headquarters in New York. In the morning and afternoon, participants in one session heard presentations and exchanged views on issues affecting Small Island Developing States (SIDS) as part of SIDS Day. The other session, reviewing CSD-13 decisions on water and sanitation, began in late morning and continued in the afternoon.

The Learning Centre and Partnership Fair also convened throughout the day, and side events were held during the lunch break and the evening.

Above: Under-Secretary-General Cheick Sidi Diarra, Under-Secretary-General Sha Zukang and CSD-16 Chair Francis Nhema (Zimbabwe) during SIDS Day.


Monday, 12 May, 2008
Thematic session: SIDS

The "SIDS Day" session, chaired by Chair Nhema, featured morning panelists Rolph Payet (Small Islands Voice) and Jacqueline daCosta (Jamaica). Panelists and participants heard statements by Under-Secretary-General Sha Zukang and Under-Secretary-General Cheick Sidi Diarra, and discussed land policy, administration and management and desertification, drought and invasive species in SIDS.

Cheick Sidi Diarra (Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser for Africa).

Rolph Payet (Small Islands Voice).

Byron Blake (Antigua and Barbuda, for the G-77/China).

Joanna Hewitt (Australia).

Angus Friday (Grenada).

Iceland.

The afternoon portion of "SIDS Day" featured panelists Ena Harvey (IICA), Peter Holmgren (FAO) and Rex Horoi (Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific).

Ena Harvey (IICA)

Barbados.

Bahamas.

Solomon Islands.

Jan Henderson (New Zealand).

Samoa.
Review of CSD-13 Decisions: Water and Sanitation

The review session, chaired by CSD-16 Vice-Chair Tri Tharyat (Indonesia), featured panelists Jae So (WSP), Piers Cross (WSP Africa), Antonio Miranda (UNSGAB), Bert Diphoorn (UN-HABITAT) and Roberto Lenton (Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council). Participants and panelists discussed provision of safe drinking water, sanitation, partnerships for capacity building and technology transfer, improvement of water utilities, limitations and constraints to engaging stakeholders in implementation, strenghtening monitoring and reporting, scale-up of good practices, and means of implementation.

Piers Cross (WSP Africa)

Jae So (WSP)

Pasquale Steduto (UN-Water).

Antonio Miranda (UNSGAB).

Bert Diphoorn (UN-HABITAT).

Roberto Lenton (WSSCC).

Indonesia.

Sylvie Detoc (France).

Aaron Salzburg (United States).

Nadia Osman (Sudan).

Francois Münger (Switzerland).

Abdelhafid Reffouh (Morocco).
Side Events

In the afternoon, the Partnerships Fair offered an introductory training on evaluating cross-sector partnerships, presented by Darian Stibbe, Development Director of The Partnering Initiative - International Business Leaders Forum.

A lunchtime side event on "The Survival of Small Island Developing States: Seeking a Breakthrough in Sustainable Development" was presented by the Commonwealth Secretariat.

The World Federation of United Nations Associations presented an evening side event on "Water and Climate Change - Adaptation, Risk Assessment and Water Resource Management."
Around CSD-16

SIDS displayed a variety of rural enterprise products during SIDS Day.

Hannah Stoddart (Stakeholder Forum), at center, interviewed Daniel Zimmer, on left, and Ahmet Mete Saat´┐Żı of the 5th World Water Forum.

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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