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Seventeenth Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 17)
4 - 15 May 2009
UN Headquarters, New York, US

Highlights from Monday, 11 May

 

On the first day of the second week of CSD 17, delegates met in a morning Plenary session, during which Chair Verburg informed them that arrangements had been made to convene night sessions. The two Working Groups then continued negotiating their assigned sections of the text, meeting into the night. Photo: Delegates stamp and sign a banner to show their commitment to sealing a climate deal in Copenhagen.


Plenary
 
 
Chair Verburg during a brief morning plenary session.
 
 
Delegates from Iran (left) and delegates from Germany (right photo).
 
 
Dmitri Maksimychev and Sergei Kononuchenko, the Russian Federation, consulting (left photo), and delegates from Israel and Switzerland.
 
Working Group 1: Preamble, Agriculture, Rural Development, Interlinkages, Cross-Cutting Issues and Means of Implementation
 
 
A view of the room (left photo) and Co-Chair Tania Raguz with a member of the Secretariat (right photo).
 
 
Switzerland (left) and delegates from the Dominican Republic (right).
 
Participants in Working Group 1.
Members of the Secretariat reviewing the text on the screen.
 
 
Working Group 2: Land, Drought, Desertification and Africa
 
 
A view of the room in Working Group 2 (left) and Mexico intervening (right).

 

Baya Bensmail, Algeria, speaking for the G-77/China on desertification.
 
Javad Amin-Mansour, Iran (left photo) and Tanzania, speaking for the G-77/China on Africa (right photo).
 
 
Delegates from Belgium (left photo) and Canada (right photo).
 
Learning Center: Increasing water availability and sustainable use by comprehensive assessment of water resources, organized by the IAEA
 
 

 
 

Special Event: Facing Global Environmental Change: Environmental, Human, Energy, Food, Health and Water Security Concepts, organized by United Nations University (UNU)

 
Left to right: Ursula Oswald Spring, National University of Mexico, Hans Gunter Brauch, Freie Universitat Berlin; Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, Jean-Marc Coicaud, UNU, Thomas Matussek, Permanent Representative of Germany to the UN, and Joy Ogwu, Permanent Representative of Nigeria to the UN.
 
 
 
Side Event: Gender and Agriculture Resilience, organized by the Canadian International Devleopment Agency (CIDA) in partnership with WOCAN
 
 
Carla Hogan Rugelds, CIDA, hands out maple sugar to panelists.
 
Side Event: Food and Sustainable Development: Future Challenges, organized by the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, and Boston University's Frederick S. Pardee Center
 
 
Adil Najam, Pardee Center, Gerda Verburg, CSD 17 Chair, and Youba Sokona, Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS).
 
Side Event: CSD 17 and dryland policies: Which opportunities to proceed from words to action?
 
 
Sergio Zelaya, UNCCD, Octavio Perez Pardo, Argentina, Sarala Gopalan, India, and Menberu Lulu, Ethiopia.
 
Miscellaneous Photos
 
 
 
Delegates stamp and sign a banner to show their commitment to sealing a climate deal in Copenhagen.
 
 
The Youth Caucus information table.
 
 
Youth delegates meeting (left) and the Nordic Council information table (right).
 
 
 
A solar cooker display outside the conference room.

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