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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 Tuesday, 5 May

 

Delegates to CSD 17 considered the Chair's draft negotiating text in their regional and interest groups during the morning, and then convened in two Working Groups during the afternoon to offer proposed additions and amendments to the Chair's draft negotiating text. Photo: Tariq Banuri, Director, Division for Sustainable Development, Patricia Chaves, Division for Sustainable Development, and Paolo Soprano, Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, Italy, during a Partnerhsips Fair event on the future of partnerships.


 
Working Group 1: Preamble, Agriculture, Rural Development, Interlinkages, Cross-Cutting Issues, and Means of Implementation
 
 
A view of the room during the meeting of Working Group 1.
 
 
Working Group 1 Co-Chair Karie Mbuende, Namibia (left photo), and Working Group 1 Co-Chair Tania Raguz, Croatia, and Vivian Pliner, Secretariat (right photo).
 
 
EU delegates intervening during Working Group 1 negotiations (left photo) and delegates looking at the text being negotiated on the overhead projector (right photo).
 
 
Working Group 2: Land, Drought, Desertification and Africa
 
 

A view of the dais during the meeting.

 
 
Paulo Jose Chiarelli, Brazil, speaking for the G-77/China in Working Group 2.
 
 
A view of the room during Working Group 2 (left) and Bob Turnock, Canada (right).
 
 
G-77/China members consulting.
 
 

Co-Chair Javad Mansour, Iran, with Aslam Chaudhry and Nikhil Chandavarkar, DSD (left photo). CSD Chair Gerda Verburg speaks with Working Group Co-Chairs Javad Mansour and Ana Bianchi, Argentina (right photo).

 
Partnerships Fair: The Future of Partnerships, cosponsored by the Government of Italy and the Division for Sustainable Development
 
 

Left to right: Francois Fogers, IUCN, Tariq Banuri, Director, Division for Sustainable Development, Paolo Soprano, Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, Italy, and Markku Nurmi, Ministry of Environment, Finland, and Chair of the Energy and Environment Partnership with Central America

 
 
 

Tariq Banuri and Paolo Soprano check their watches to ensure the meeting begins on time.

 
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Side Event: Delving into a Deep Green Revolution: Responding to the Food Crisis and Climate Stresses with Pro-Active Risk Management, sponsored by Heifer International
 
 
Participants during the side event.
 
   
Joyce Turk, US Agency for International Development (right photo) discusses the need to think outside the box.
 

 
Special Event: Farming First: Enhancing Sustainable Development through Agriculture, sponsored by Croplife International, International Fertilizer Association (IFA), International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP), and International Council for Science (ICSU)
 
 
Antonio Galindez, Dow AgroSciences, Julie Howard, Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, Gisbert Glaser, ICSU, James Hansen, Columbia University, Lindiwe Majele Sibanda, Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network (FANRPAN), Morgane Danielou (IFA), and Sarala Gopalan, National Institute of Agriculture, India.
 
 
 
Roundtable discussions preceded the panel discusion, during which participants shared knowledge of successful experiences and looked at policy options that put farming first.
 

Side Event: Regions Feeding Cities: Urban-Rural Linkages for Food Security and Vibrant Markets

 
 
Robert Lewis, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, and Kevin Morgan and Roberta Sonnino, Cardiff University School of City and Regional Planning, UK
 
 
George Matovu, Municipal Development Partnership for Eastern and Southern Africa (MDP-ESA) (left) and Lewis invites participants on a weekend field trip to visit markets in New York (right).
 
 
Participants during the side event.
 
Miscellaneous photos
 
 
Wolfgang Burhenne, IUCN Environmental Law Center (left), and NGOs meet in the Vienna Cafe (right).
 
 
Delegates meeting outside the conference room (left) and Julia Wolf, UNDP, discusses UNDP's Adaptation Learning Mechanism (ALM) (right).
 

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