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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 completes review, receives Chair's draft

The sixteenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-16) convened for its seventh day on Tuesday, 13 May, 2008, at United Nations headquarters in New York. Throughout the day, panelists and participants continued to review CSD-13 decisions on water and sanitation. In the late afternoon, CSD-16 Chair Francis Nhema (Zimbabwe) introduced part I of his Chair's summary.

The Learning Centre and Partnership Fair also continued throughout the day, and side events were held at lunchtime and the evening.

With thematic discussions and review of past decisions completed, CSD-16 will begin its High-Level Segment on Wednesday, 14 May, with an address by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in the General Assembly Hall.


Tuesday, 13 May, 2008
Review of CSD-13 Decisions: Water and Sanitation

The day's discussions were chaired by CSD-16 Vice-Chair Tri Tharyat (Indonesia). In the morning, delegates heard brief presentations by panelists Margaret Catley-Carlson (UNSGAB), Mike Muller (South Africa), David Molden (International Water Management Institute) and Daniel Zimmer (World Water Council). Panelists and participants discussed integrated water resource management, water efficiency plans, enhancing water productivity in different uses, strenghtening water management and governance at all levels, and enhancing international cooperation in water management.

Margaret Catley-Carlson (UNSGAB).

Mike Muller (South Africa).

Daniel Zimmer (World Water Council).

David Molden (IWMI).

Harry Liiv (Estonia).

Pam Yako (South Africa).

Mark Smith (IUCN).

Lesha Witmer (Women).

Ammar Hijazi (Palestine).

Danielle Morley (NGOs).

Semund Haukland (Norway).

Sibylle Vermont (Switzerland).

In the afternoon, panelists Bruno Itoua (President, African Ministers' Council on Water), Abel Mejia (World Bank), Margaret Batty (WaterAid) and Omar Giacoman (Evensen Dodge International) made short presentations. Panelists and participants discussed financing water and sanitation services, integrating the water and sanitation agenda into the broader development framework to meet the MDGs and other internationally agreed development goals, and the way forward.

Abel Mejia (World Bank).

Bruno Itoua (President, African Ministers' Council on Water).

Margaret Batty (WaterAid).

Omar Giacoman (Evensen Dodge International).

Maria Mutagamba (Minister of Water and Environment, Uganda).

Thanade Dawasuwan (Thailand).

Dennis Tenney (Business and Industry).

Anna Shiweda (Namibia).

Ian Eddington (Workers and Trade Unions).
Distribution of Chair's Draft Summary
In late afternoon, Part I of the draft Chair's summary was circulated, and after a brief suspension of plenary to allow delegates to review the document, Chair Nhema re-convened a plenary session to receive comments on the draft.

Side Events

During a morning Partnership Fair session, Heather Creech (IISD) and Helen Marquard (Supporting Entrepreneurs for Environment and Development, SEED) discussed the SEED Initiative, which supports partnerships for locally-led sustainable development.

The World Water Council and the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs presented a lunchtime side event, "Toward a Global Water Agenda - Preparing the World Water Forum in Istanbul."

UN-Water organized a lunchtime side event on "The MDG Water and Sanitation Target: Refining the Monitoring Tools."

The Swedish Government and the East African Community presented an evening side event on "Joint Efforts in Development of the Lake Victoria Basin, East Africa: A Partnership in Realization."
Around CSD-16

The empty General Assembly Hall awaited Wednesday morning's High-Level Segment.

As dusk fell over New York, the nearby Chrysler Building stood out against a dark skyline.

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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