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Eighteenth Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-18)

3-14 May 2010 | UN Headquarters, New York, US

UNDESA
Summary of the Meeting

At the beginning of the afternoon meeting, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the session, and announced his decision to designate Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs Sha Zukang as Secretary-General of the 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development. CSD 18 concluded at 5:09 pm, upon which CSD 19 immediately convened to elect its Chair: László Borbély, Minister of Environment and Forests, Romania. Photo (left to right): UN Under-Secretary-General Sha Zukang, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and CSD 18 Chair Luis Alberto Ferraté

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Friday, 14 May
   
   

A view of the room during the address of the Secretary-General

Rio+20 PrepCom Co-Chair John Ashe, Antigua and Barbuda, consults with Ban Ki-moon
Sha Zukang, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)
   
   

CSD 19 Chair László Borbély, Minister of Environment and Forests, Romania, addresses the Commission

   
   
 

Thursday, 13 May

 

The High-Level Segment of CSD 18 continued on Thursday, with a dialogue with the UN system and major groups during the morning, and roundtable dialogues on transport and chemicals management in the afternoon.

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Sascha Gabizon, Women in Europe for a Common Future (right)
UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner
   
   

Representatives of NGOs, Indigenous Peoples and Youth and Children

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon meeting with Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action
Press Conference launching a new report on "Metals Recycling Rates"
   
   

A view of the dais during the transport roundtable, which was co-chaired by Humberto Rosa, Secretary of State for the Environment, Portugal
(third from left), and Clifford Everald Warmington, Minister of State for Water and Housing, Jamaica (center)

 
Wednesday, 12 May
 

The High-Level Segment of CSD 18 opened during the morning, and two ministerial roundtables convened in the afternoon to address sustainable consumption and production and mining.

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A view of the dais during the opening of the High-Level Segment (left to right): Gerda Verburg, CSD 17 Chair, Leslie Kojo Christian, General
Assembly Vice-President, Hamidon Ali, ECOSOC President, Asha-Rose Migiro, UN Deputy Secretary-General, CSD 18 Chair Ferraté, Vivian Pliner, Secretariat, Ernst Ulrich von Weizsacker, International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management, Ashok Koshla, IUCN President

 
A view of the General Assembly hall
     
   
   

Side event launching "Practices in the Sound Management of Chemicals," a joint publication of UNDESA, the Stockholm Convention and UNEP

Stefania Prestigiacomo, Minister of Environment and Protection of Land and Sea, Italy
Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, Ghana
         
 
Tuesday, 11 May
 

Delegates to CSD 18 participated in a multi-stakeholder dialogue on partnerships for sustainable development during the morning, and a multi-stakeholder dialogue on advancing the implementation of CSD decisions in the afternoon. They also offered comments on the Chair’s Summary (Part I) during the afternoon.

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A view of the major groups during the morning session on partnerships

 
   
   

A view of the dais during the afternoon session on advancing implementation of CSD decisions

Maleye Diop, Public Private Partnership for the Urban Environment (PPPUE), UNDP
Mauricio Fernandes, Development Committee of the International Year of Planet Earth
     
 
Monday, 10 May
 

Delegates to CSD 18 participated in SIDS Day on Monday, 10 May, during which they considered the CSD 18 thematic topics as they relate to small island developing States (SIDS), and conducted a review of the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy for the Implementation (MSI) of the Barbados Plan of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island States. This discussion served as the Preparatory Committee for the five-year review of implementation of the MSI (PrepCom for MSI+5). Delegates also received a draft of the Chair’s Summary (Part I) during the morning.

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Cheick Sidi Diarra, UN Under Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and the Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS), and Thomas Stelzer, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs

Press briefing on challenges facing SIDS: Amjad Abdullah, Maldives, and Collin Beck, Solomon Islands
Amb. Dessima Williams, Grenada, speaking on behalf of AOSIS
       
     
     

A view of the dais during the afternoon SIDS roundtable

 
Friday, 7 May
 

On Friday, delegates to CSD 18 completed their review of sustainable consumption and production during a morning session, and discussed interlinkages and cross-cutting issues and means of implementation during the afternoon.

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Wolfgang Sachs, Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy, Germany, speaking during the thematic discussion on interlinkages and cross-cutting issues and means of implementation

 
Marina Fischer Kowalski, Klagenfurt University, Austria
Youth and Children make an emotional plea during the discussions
       
     
     

Press briefing on the World Peoples' Conference on Climate Change and the Rights of Mother Earth, held in Cochabamba, Bolivia, in April 2010
(left to right): Nnimmo Bassey, Friends of the Earth (Nigeria), Meena Raman,
Third World Network (Malaysia), Bolivian President Evo Morales,
Maude Barlow
, Blue Planet/Council of Canadians National Chairperson, and Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Environmental Network (US). The
declaration from the conference calls for $300 billion a year to address climate change, emissions cuts of 50 percent by 2020 in developed nations
and an international climate court for enforcement.

 
Thursday, 6 May
 

On Thursday, delegates to CSD 18 completed their review of mining and waste management issues during morning sessions, and began their review of sustainable consumption and production during an afternoon session. A well-attended lunchtime briefing on preparations for the Rio 2012 Conference discussed the outcome of recent Bureau meetings and the organization of work for the 17-19 May 2010 PrepCom.

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Tariq Banuri, Director, Division for Sustainable Development, and CSD Chair Luis Alberto Ferrate Felicé during a noon press conference

Prasad Modak, Environmental Management Centre, India, during the thematic discussion on waste management
Victoria Lucia Tauli Corpuz, Tebtebba Foundation, during the thematic discussion on mining
Environmental activists Norwegian Olympic Gold Medalist Stine Lise Hattestad Bratsberg, and actor Ed Begley, Jr. during a side event on the UN Champions Body Burden Forum
Cleo Migiro, Chair of the African Roundtable on Sustainable Consumption and Production
     
     

Helio Mattar, Brazil, speaking during the thematic discussion on sustainable consumption and production

 
Wednesday, 5 May
 

Delegates to CSD 18 continued discussing transport and chemicals issues during the morning. In the afternoon, they began their review of mining and waste management issues.

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A video was shown on how chemicals reach the Arctic
Craig Boljkovac, UN Institute for Training and Research, during the thematic discussion on chemicals
 
     
     

Joseph DiGangi, International POPs Elimination Network (IPEN) intervening during the discussion on chemicals

     
     

A view of the room during the thematic discussions on transport

 
Sonia Jeanet Arevalo Serrano, Colombia, during the transport discussions
Launch of new partnership: Partnership for Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (SLoCAT)
 
 
Tuesday, 4 May
 

On Tuesday, delegates to CSD 18 continued discussing regional perspectives on the thematic topics during the morning. In the afternoon, thematic discussions were held in parallel on transport and chemicals.

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Anhar Hegazi, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), during the Western Asia regional discussions
Abdulbasit Sairafi, Saudi Arabia
 

Delegates from the European Union, Palestine and the Holy See during the regional discussions on Western Asia

     
     

At the cross-regional session, the five UN Regional Commissions made a joint presentation about existing and prospective cross-regional
partnerships and examples of South-South cooperation in areas of work related to the CSD-18 cycle. Photo: Paola Bettelli, Regional Commissions New York Office, Marco Keiner, UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), and Tariq Banuri, Director, Division of Sustainable Development

Andre Lago, Ministry of External Relations, Brazil
Side event on Transport Efficiency and Waste Avoidance – Input for Policy makers, organized by the Scientific and Technological Major Group
   
 
Monday, 3 May
 

The 18th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 18) opened on Monday morning, 3 May 2010, at UN Headquarters in New York. Delegates adopted the agenda, offered opening statements and discussed regional implementation.

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Tariq Banuri, Director, Division for Sustainable Development, Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development, and CSD Chair Luis Alberto Ferrate Felicé, Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources of Guatemala

   
   

Jose Luis Samaniego, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), CSD Chair Luis Alberto Ferrate Felicé, and Secretary
of the Conference Vivian Pliner
, during the Latin America and the Caribbean regional discussions

   
   

A view of the dais during the Africa regional discussions

   
   

Marco Keiner, UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE), and CSD Vice-Chairs Tania Raguž, Croatia, and Ulf Jaeckel, Germany, during the Europe regional discussions

Delegates consulting in the corridors
Masakazu Ichimura, ESCAP, and Satoshi Murao, Institute for Georesources, during the Asia and Pacific regional discussions
 
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