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Nineteenth Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-19)

2-13 May 2011 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

UNESA DSD

Highlights for Thursday, 12 May

On Thursday the high-level segment of CSD 19 continued with four ministerial roundtables. In the morning, roundtables on developing programmes and a framework to accelerate the shift towards SCP, and enhancing access to sustainable urban and rural transport took place. In the afternoon, roundtables on moving towards zero waste and sound management of chemicals, and creating an enabling environment for sustainable mining convened. Throughout the day and into the evening negotiations took place under the Working Groups and in contact groups on waste management, mining, chemicals, 10YFP, preamble and IL and CCI, including MOI, in order to resolve outstanding issues in the text.

A view of the packed room during the roundtable on sustainable consumption and production
Roundtable 1: Developing Programmes and a Framework to Accelerate the Shift Towards SCP

Mohan Munasinghe, Chairman, Munasinghe Institute for Development, Sri Lanka, discussed the idea of setting “Millennium Consumption Goals” (MCGs) as a way to prompt the cultural changes needed to ensure achievement of SCP and sustainable development.

 

 

A view of the dais during the roundtable
UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner underscored that CSD 19 giving a clear message on the 10YFP is important to moving forward on the sustainable development agenda and building confidence for Rio+20.
Algerian Environment Minister Cherif Rahmani (center) and Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director (right)
Achim Steiner, UNEP Exeuctive Director, and Sha Zukang, UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs
 
Algerian Environment Minister Cherif Rahmani
Peru during the roundtable
 
Teresa Ribera, State Secretary for the Environment, Spain
Delegates from Latvia and Kazakhstan
Roundtable 2: Enhancing Access to Sustainable Urban and Rural Transport

Roundtable Co-Chairs Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Ireland, and Blaise Louembet, Minister of Habitat, Planning, Ecology, and Sustainable Development, Gabon.

Allison Davis, AICP Senior Transportation Planner, Arup, New York, US, said that congestion reduces municipal quality of life and economic competitiveness.

Joan Clos, Executive Director, UN-HABITAT (left), spoke on the importance of approaching transport bearing in mind the need for reduced mobility, and that traffic is a result of poor urban mass transportation planning.

Afghanistan intervenes in the morning roundtable on transport
Joan Clos, UN-HABITAT, and Co-Chairs Phil Hogan, Ireland, and Blaise Louembet, Gabon

Delegates from Iran, Indonesia and India

Roundtable 3: Moving Towards Zero Waste and Sound Management of Chemicals
 

A view of the dais during the roundtable on chemicals and waste (l-r): Prasad Modak, Executive President, Environmental Management Center, Mumbai, India, Craig Boljkovac, Former Chair of the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC), Jim Willis, Joint Executive Secretary of the Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions, and Roundtable Co-Chairs Cherif Rahmani, Ministry of Environment, Algeria, and Nikola Ružinski, State Secretary for Environment, Croatia,

Craig Boljkovac spoke on mainstreaming chemicals management. Jim Willis stressed the importance of both the benefits and costs of chemicals management.

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Prashad Modak discussed "losing the opportunity" to convert waste streams back into resources.
Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Ireland, and Gusti Muhammand Hatta, Minister for Environment, Indonesia
Tishyarakshit Chatterjee, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forestry, India
Franz Perrez, Ambassador for the Environment, Switzerland
Estonia intervenes during the roundtable on chemicals and waste

Roundtable 4: Creating an Enabling Environment for Sustainable Mining

Delegates during the roundtable on mining

Zoltan Illes, Minister of State for Environmental Affairs, Hungary, and Luis Alberto Ferrate Felice, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Guatemala.

Ann Maest, Managing Scientist, Stratus Consulting, US, focused on the technological side of hard-rock mining, including increased waste, energy and water use. Ben Peachy, Communication Director, International Council on Mining and Metals, UK, spoke on improving the performance of mining companies.

Side Event: Decoupling Natural Resource and Environmental Impacts from Economic Growth:
Global Launch of the Assessment Report of the International Resource Panel

Mark Swilling, Lead Author of the report, during the side event, which was organized by the South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, the German Federal Ministry of the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, and UNEP

Side Event: Safe Planet Campaign Body Burden Forum
Suzann Pettersen, Ladies European Tour and Ladies Professional Golf Association Champion, Stine Hattestad Bratsberg, Co-Chair of the Safe Planet Campaign, and Moderator Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Haring Woods Studio senior consultant,
Stine Hattestad Bratsberg, Co-Chair of the Safe Planet Campaign, and Moderator Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, Haring Woods Studio senior consultant, Donald Cooper, Executive Secretary of the Stockholm Convention and Co-Executive Secretary of the Rotterdam Convention, and Werner Obermeyer, Executive Director, WHO Office in New York
Side Event: Sustainable Consumption and Production- The Building Block for a Greener Economy
A view of the dais during this side event, which was organized by the Nordic Council of Ministers
Miscellaneous Photos
ENB writer Andrey Vavilov
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres during a press briefing
Stephan Contius, Germany, and CSD Chair László Borbély
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*CSD-19 organization of work
*CSD-19 documents
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*CSD-19 Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM)

IISD RS resources
IISD RS coverage of CSD-19 IPM, 28 February - 4 March 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
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IISD RS coverage of CSD-17, 4-15 May 2009, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
IISD RS coverage of CSD-17 IPM, 23-27 February 2009, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
IISD RS coverage of CSD-16, 5-16 May 2008, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America
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*African Regional Coverage
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