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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 High-level Segment Continues

The sixteenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-16) continued its High-level Segment on Thursday, 15 May. Delegates held dialogues with UN organizations and major groups, and heard ministerial statements on "The Way Forward."

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

Above: Representatives of UN organizations during the morning dialogue.


Thursday, 15 May, 2008
Dialogue with International Organizations

The dialogue with UN organizations was chaired by CSD-16 Chair Francis Nhema (Zimbabwe).

Achim Steiner (UNEP Executive Director).

Axumite Gebre-Egziabher (Director, UN-HABITAT New York Office).

Luc Gnacadja (UNCCD Executive Secretary).

Philip Dobie (Director, UNDP).

Julia Marton-Lefevre (IUCN Director-General).

Josue Dione (Director, Economic Commission for Africa, for the ECOSOC Regional Commissions).

Deborah Saidy (World Food Programme).
Dialogue with Major Groups

The dialogue with major groups was chaired by CSD-16 Vice-Chair Sasa Ojdanic (Serbia).

Thomas Stelzer (Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs).

Elenita Daño (Third World Network, for NGOs).

David Gikaria (Mayor of Nakuru, Kenya, for Local Authorities).

Jeffrey Luhanga (Malawi).

Hiram Larew (United States).

Karin Debroey (Christian Trade Union of Belgium, for Workers and Trade Unions).
The Way Forward

Adou Mohamed Ali (Second Secretary, Permanent Mission of Djibouti).

Josep Puxeu (Secretary of State of Water and Rural Affairs, Spain).

Nasser Pagandaman (Secretary of Agrarian Reform, Philippines).

Alcinda Abreu (Minister for Coordination of Environmental Affairs, Mozambique).

Bradford Machila (Minister of Lands, Zambia).

Illalkamar Ag Oumar (Chef de Cabinet, Ministry of Environment and Sanitation, Mali).

Meena Gupta (Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, India).

Amb. Piragibe dos Santos Tarragô (Brazil).

Janchivlamdan Choikhand (Director, International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Nature and Environment, Mongolia)
Side Events

UNEP held a side event at lunchtime: "Life" in the Balance - Food security and environment in a changing landscape.

The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNDP co-organized a lunchtime side event, "Changing the Way We Develop: Dealing with Disasters and Climate Change."
Around CSD-16

Many of the day's statements were webcast.

Youth delegates tried their lobbying skills on Hiram Larew (US).

A participant read Wednesday's web page.

Gerda Verburg (the Netherlands) greeted another participant as Hans Hoogeveen (the Netherlands) looked on.

Delegates insisted that they had not deliberately coordinated to wear red.

Delois Blakely, New Future Foundation, urged support for fair trade agricultural products like coffee.

Vice-Chairs Tri Tharyat (Indonesia) and Melanie Suntizo-Sandoval (Guatemala) huddled with delegates in the afternoon.

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
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