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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 Friday, 15 May

CSD 17 successfully concludes its work

The final Plenary of CSD 17 opened at 8:14 pm. CSD 17 Chair Gerda Verburg proposed that delegates adopt the "Text as prepared by the Chair." It was adopted by acclamation. Delegates proceeded to comment on the text and adopt the report of CSD 17, which was closed at 9:16 pm. CSD 18 then held its first Plenary, during which delegates elected by acclamation Luiz Alberto Ferrate (Guatemala) as CSD 18 Chair. The meeting closed at 9:25 pm. Photo: CSD 17 Chair Gerda Verburg and 18 Chair Luis Alberto Ferrate, Guatemala,


Update: 6:00 pm. Plenary to reconvene at 8:00 pm.
CSD 17 delegates met in the morning for the final session of the High-Level Segment. The Chairs of the Roundtables presented summaries of the discussions they presided over, and delegates discussed a “Draft Shared Vision Statement (Chair's Summary)” that had been distributed at the beginning of the morning session. Delegates then waited for a Chair's text of the outcome document, which was to contain all of the agreed text they had negotiated during the two week session along with the Chair's revisions for bracketed text. The “Text as prepared by the Chair” was distributed at 5:00 pm, and Plenary is scheduled to resume at 8:00 pm.
 
First meeting of CSD 18
 
 
Tariq Banuri, Director, DSD, CSD 18 Chair Luis Alberto Ferrate, Guatemala, and Vivian Pliner, Secretariat.
 
 
CSD 17 Chair Verburg and CSD 18 Chair Ferrate.
 
CSD 17 Closing Plenary
 
 
CSD Chair Gerda Verburg gavels CSD 17 to a close.
 
 
 
Representatives of Youth and Children and Women make their closing statements.
 
 
Delegates applaud the close of the meeting.
 
Distribution of text
 
 
The final text as prepared by the Chair is distributed and delegates review the document.
 
 
 
 
Youth made oragami flowers out of discarded paper and handed them out to delegates.
 
Plenary: Summing Up the High-Level Segment
 
 
Alexander Mueller, Assistant Director-General, FAO, Prince of Orange, HRH Willem-Alexander, Chair, UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, Tariq Banuri, Director, DSD, CSD Chair Gerda Verburg, Vivian Pliner, Secretariat, and Matthew Wyatt, Assistant President, IFAD.
 
 
CSD Chair Gerda Verburg consulting before the convening of the morning Plenary (left) and Alexander Mueller, Assistant Director-General, FAO, with The Prince of Orange, HRH Willem-Alexander, Chair, UN Secretary-General's Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation.
 
 
Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah, Namibian Minister of Environment and Tourism.
 
Shalom Simhon, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Israel (left photo), and Oliver Dulic, Minister of Environment and Spatial Planning, Serbia (right photo).
Jakub Sebesta, Minister of Agriculture, Czech Republic (left) and consulting with his delegation (right).
Consulting on the dais.
 
Vijai Sharma, India (left), and Matthew Wyatt, Assistant President, IFAD (right).
 

Delegates from India (left) and Burkina Faso (right).

 
 
Gisbert Glaser, International Council for Science (ICSU), reported on the policy dialogue, and David King, Secretary-General of the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP), reported on the dialogue with Major Groups.

 

Miscellaneous Photos

 
Major Groups Informational Meeting Facilitated by NGOs.
 
 
 
 
 
Chair Verburg with the ENB writers.
 
 

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