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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, 8 May

Negotiations on the text continue late into the evening.

On Friday, CSD 17 delegates in Working Group 1 began negotiating the Preamble. Working Group 2 continued negotiating the section on drought. Delegates convened for an evening Plenary, during which CSD Chair Verburg outlined how the negotiations would proceed during the CSD's second week. Following an hour break for dinner, delegates convened for late-night informal-informal negotiations on the agriculture and drought sections. Photo: G-77/China members during the Plenary.


Plenary
 
 
Co-Chairs Tania Raguz and Javad Mansour, and CSD Chair Gerda Verburg
 
 
 
G-77/China delegates consulting.
 
 
 
Members of the Bureau and the Secretariat consulting.
 
Working Group 1: Preamble, Agriculture, Rural Development, Interlinkages, Cross-Cutting Issues and Means of Implementation
 
 
A view of the room (left photo) and Kathleen Abdalla, DSD, Working Group 1 Co-Chairs Karie Mbuende and Tania Raguz, and Otto Gustafik, Secretariat (right photo).
 
 
Nadia Osman, Sudan, speaking for the G-77/China.
 
 
 
Hans Hoogeveen, the Netherlands, CSD Chair Gerda Verburg (left photo) and delegates from Germany and South Africa (right photo).
 
 
Delegates from Belgium.
 
 
Working Group 2: Land, Drought, Desertification and Africa
 
 

Anja Kallmeyer, Secretariat, Working Group Co-Chair Javad Mansour, and Nikhil Chandavarkar, DSD.

 
 

Emilie Nedvedova, Czech Republic, speaking for the EU during the negotiations.

 
CSD Chair Gerda Verburg follows negotiations from the back of the room.
 
Guatemala, for the G-77/China on drought.
 
 
Delegates from Norway, Nigeria and Niger.
 
 
Learning Center: Evaluation the Role of Biofuels in Sustainable Rural Development
 
 
 

Stephen Gitonga, UNDP, and Richard Ottinger, IUCN Commission on Environmental Law.

 
 
Above center: Sabina Anokye Mensah, GRATIS Foundation, Ghana, contributing author to ENERGIA's publication "The Role of Biofuels in Rural Development and Empowerment of Women."
 
Side Event: GlobalSoilMap.net: A Digital Soil Map of the World, organized by the Earth Institute at Columbia University
 
Pedro Sanchez, Earth Institute at Columbia University.
 
 
JuanBelay Begashaw, Columbia University, (left photo) and Jon Hempel, US Department of Agriculture (right photo).
 
Side Event: Agriculture for Africa's Shift to a Green Economy, organized by UNEP
 
 
Daniele Govannucci, Expert, Asad Naqvi, UNEP, Ibrahim Thiaw, UNEP, Josue Dione, UNECA, Timothy Lasalle, Rodale Institute, and John Shilling, Millennium Institute.
 
 
 
Special Event: UNU Panel Discussion on Regional Centers of Expertise for Sustainable Development in Africa
 
 
Pam Puntenney, UN CSD Education Center, Jean-Marc Coicaud, UNU, Tichaona Pesanayi, Southern African Development Community Regional Environmental Education Programme (SADC-REEP), Dick Kachilonda, SADC-REEP, and Yoshihiro Natori, UNU.
 
 
Miscellaneous Photos
 
 
 

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