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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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Ban Ki-moon and Ministers Address Delegates

The sixteenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-16) began its High-level Segment on Wednesday, 14 May, in the General Assembly Hall, with remarks by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, followed by ministerial statements on "The Way Forward."

In the afternoon, after general statements were completed, parallel ministerial roundtables were held on "Investing in Africa to achieve Millennium Development Goals and sustainable development" and "Inter-linkages among the thematic issues, including adaptation to climate change."

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

Above: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressing delegates during the morning session.


Wednesday, 14 May, 2008
The Way Forward

During the ministerial plenary chaired by CSD-16 Chair Francis Nhema (Zimbabwe), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's address to delegates was followed by ministerial statements. The plenary began in the General Assembly Hall and was concluded in Conference Room 4.

Amb. John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda, for the G-77/China).

Istok Jarc (Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food, Slovenia, for the European Union).

Amb. Angus Friday (Grenada, for AOSIS).

Mahe Tupouniua (Deputy Permanent Representative, Tonga, for PSIDS).

Ismat Jahan (Bangladesh, for Least Developed Countries).

Sahas Banditkul (Deputy Prime Minister, Thailand).

Gerda Verburg (Minister for Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, Netherlands).

Josef Pröll (Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria).

Fahad Bin Abdulrahman Baleghnaim (Minister of Agriculture, Saudi Arabia).

Esther Byer-Suckoo (Minister of Family, Youth, Sports and Environment, Barbados).

Du Ying (Vice-Chairman, National Development and Reform Commission, China).

Daniel Ahizi Aka (Minister of Environment, Côte d'Ivoire).

Anil Kumar Bachoo (Minister of Environment and National Development Unit, Mauritius).

Lee Byung-Wook (Vice Minister of Environment, Republic of Korea).

Amb. Mona Brøther (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway).

Josip Kraljičković (State Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Rural Development, Croatia).

Luis Medeiros Vieira (Under-Secretary of State for Agriculture and Fisheries, Portugal).

Ahmed Elanwer (Minister's Assistant for Legal Affairs, Egypt).
Investing in Africa to achieve MDGs and Sustainable Development

In this session, chaired by CSD-16 Chair Nhema, panelists and participants discussed, inter alia, the need to provide basic services in Africa, the importance of water to development, the importance of NEPAD, international partnerships and South-South cooperation.

Willem-Alexander, Prince of Orange (The Netherlands).

UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha Rose Migiro.

Maria Teresa Mesquita Pessôa (Brazil).

Baya Bensmail (Algeria).

Italy.

Nigeria.
Inter-linkages among thematic issues, including climate change adaptation

In this session, chaired by CSD-16 Vice-Chair Daniel Carmon (Israel), panelists and participants discussed food security and the present food crisis, the risks and benefits of biofuels, links between security and climate change, the stalled Doha Round trade talks, and the need for community education, capacity building, and increased research, monitoring and data collection.

Sha Zukang (Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs).

Guyana.

Lulama Xingwana (South Africa).

Greece.

Paolo Soprano (Italy).

Peter Maurer (Switzerland).
Side Events

The International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development presented a lunchtime side event on bioenergy, agriculture, international trade and sustainable development.

The National Development and Reform Commission of China organized a lunchtime side event on sustainable development in China, addressing agriculture, rural development, land, drought and desertification.

WOCAN, IFAD and FAO organized an evening side event, "Network of Women Agriculture Ministers."
Around CSD-16

The General Assembly Hall during the morning session.

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
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