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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
Highlights from Friday, 14 May

In the morning, delegates to CSD 18 discussed key issues to be focused on during the Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting and CSD 19. At the beginning of the afternoon meeting, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addressed the session, and stressed: the need to focus on practical decisions that can be translated into action and scaled-up; all important decisions should be concrete, with time-bound goals; more links should be built with other international bodies and key fora and processes; and there should be continual assessment of performance and progress. He also 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

Ministerial interactive discussion including dialogue on identifying key issues for the IPM and CSD 19
   
   

Delegates during the morning session

CSD 18 Chair Luis Alberto Ferraté (center)
Homero Bibiloni, Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development, Argentina

Elisabet Falemo, State Secretary, Ministry of the Environment, Sweden

Gordon Bispham, Barbados
Susan Shabangu, Minister of Mineral Resources, South Africa
Elena Espinosa, Minister of Environment, Spain
   
   

 

Hameed Ullah Jan Afridi, Federal Minister of Environment, Pakistan
Vijai Sharma, India

Khaled Hussein Al Yemany, Yemen, speaking for the G-77/China

Dessima Williams, Grenada
 
Closing Plenary
   
   

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
UN Under-Secretary-General Sha Zukang with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
     
Vijay Nambiar, Chief of Staff to the Secretary-General, with Tariq Banuri, Division for Sustainable Development
Sha Zukang, Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20)
         
Opening of CSD 19
   
   

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

CSD 18 Chair Luis Alberto Ferraté hands the chairmanship over to CSD19 Chair László Borbély, Minister of Environment and Forests, Romania
 
     
   
 
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Luiz Machado, Brazil, and Dan Reifsnyder, US
Delegates during the session
   
The Indian delegation
IISD Reporting Services Managing Director Kimo Goree and Franz Perrez, Switzerland
     
 
 
       
 
 
 
 
 
Related Links

UN Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) resources
UN DSD CSD-18 web site
CSD-18 organization of work
CSD-18 Documents
DSD SIDS website

The Marrakech Process web site (for the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns)

IISD RS resources

IISD RS coverage of CSD-17, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
IISD RS coverage of CSD-17 Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting, 23-27 February 2009, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
IISD RS coverage of the North American Workshop on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), 6-7 November 2008, Washington, DC, US
IISD RS coverage of CSD-16, 5-16 May 2008, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
IISD RS coverage of CSD-15, 30 April - 11 May 2007, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
IISD RS coverage of Selected Side Events at CSD-15, 30 April - 11 May 2007, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

IISD RS archive of sustainable development meetings
Linkages sustainable development news page
Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
Climate-L.org - News and information on the actions of international organizations in responding to the problem of global climate change
African Regional Coverage

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