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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 Thursday, 14 May

 

The High-Level Segment continued on Thursday with roundtable discussions on “Realizing a Sustainable Green Revolution in Africa” and “Integrated Land and Water Management.” CSD 17 delegates also negotiated draft recommendations in Working Groups and multiple informal consultations throughout the day and into the night. Photo: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gives his stamp of support for sealing the deal in Copenhagen.


Ministerial Roundtables
 
 
Roundtable on Realizing a Sustainable Green Revolution in Africa: CSD Chair Gerda Verburg, Vivain Pliner, Secretariat, and Robert Watson, Director, International Assessment of Agricultural Knowledge, Science and Technology for Development (IAASTD).
 
 
Matthew Wyatt, Assistant President, IFAD (right photo).
 
Tesfai Tecle, Special Advisor to the Chairman, Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, Sub-Roundtable Co-Chairs Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development, Argentina Paul Biyoghe Mba, Minister of Agriculture, Husbandry, Food Security and Rural Development, Gabon, and Vivian Pliner, Secretariat.
Roundtable on Integrated land and Water Management: Katherine Sierra, Vice-President for Sustainable Development, World Bank, The Prince of Orange, HRH Willem-Alexander, Chair, UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, David O'Connor, DSD, CSD Chair Gerda Verburg, Vivian Pliner, Secretariat, and Jose de Jesus Romo Santos, Mexican Ministry of Agriculture.
Katherine Sierra, World Bank, and The Prince of Orange, HRH Willem-Alexander (left) and Katherine Sierra and CSD Chair Gerda Verburg (right).
 
Jose de Jesus Romo Santos, Mexican Ministry of Agriculture (left photo) and a view of the dais (right).
 

Sumardjo Gatot Irano, Vice-Minister of Agriculture, Indonesia, and Christopher Tufton, Minister of Agriculture, Jamaica, and co-chaired the sub-roundtable on integrated land and water management (left photo) and CSD Chair Verburg (right photo).

 
 
Maria de Fatima Monteiro Jardin, Minister for Environment, Angola (left), and Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine to the United Nations (right).

 

Working Groups continued with their negotiations
 
 
Working Groups continued their negotiations throughout the day.
 
Indonesia, Brazil and South Africa during the negotiations.
 
 
 
Informal Minsterial on Climate Change, hosted by the Government of Poland
 
 
Yvo de Boer, UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Janusz Reiter, Special Envoy for Climate Change, Poland, COP 14 President Naciej Nowicki, Polish Environment Minister, UN Under-Secretary-General Sha Zukang, and CSD Chair Gerda Verburg.
 
 
Alexander Mueller, Assistant Director-General, FAO, addresses the meeting during the panel discussion on food security and adaptation to climate change (left photo). UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer is greeted by Under-Secretary-General Sha Zukang (right photo).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Special Event: Presentation of final report of the International Commission on Climate Change and Development

This report was presented to the UN Secretary-General and provides the international community with a number of conclusions and recommendations focusing on adaptation to climate change, in particular on strengthening and supporting vulnerable countries and communities.
 
A view of the dais during the presentation of the report.
 
 
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Gunila Carlsson, Minister for International Development Cooperation, Sweden, and Katherine Sierra, World Bank (left photo) and with Minister Carsson (right photo).
 
 
 
Delegates from Israel (left) and the Czech Republic (right).
 
Sealing the Deal in Copenhagen
 
 
Under Secretary-General for Public Information Kiyo Akasaka commits to sealing the deal in Copenhagen and UN Secretary-General's signature (right).
 
Side event: Securitizing the ground – Grounding Security
The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification and the Ministry of the Environment and Rural and Marine Affairs of Spain organized a side event to announce the new study “Securitizing the ground – Grounding Security.” The speakers discussed the concept of “securitizing the ground,” a new concept of soil security as a complement to the established concepts of food and water security. On “grounding security,” the study calls for proactive strategies, policies and measures to achieve soil security in the context of the UNCCD' Ten-Year Strategy.
 
 
Hans Guenter Brauch, AFES-PRESS, Ursula Oswald Spring, University of Mexico, and Alicia Villauriz, Secretary-General of Rural Affairs, Spain.
 
 
Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary, UNCCD, and Marcos Montoiro, UNCCD.
 
Special Event: Presentation to the United Nations of the   EL Faro Commission Petitions
El Faro was the name of the NGO Pavilion at the 2008 Zaragoza Expo on Water and Sustainable Development. This Pavilion served as a forum for
discussion, reflection and inspiration for NGO representatives at the Expo and enabled them to directly interact with the millions of
people who visited the Expo. The Pavilion was managed by the El Faro Commission representing 347 NGOs active in the areas of water and sanitation. The Commission drafted a set of 12 "requests/petitions'' for which they gathered over 108,000 signatures during the 90 day Expo period. These petitions were then presented to the United Nations.
 
 
Thomas Stelzer, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs, accepted the petitions on behalf of the UN.
 
Miscellaneous Photos
 
 
 
 

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