The view from Conference Room 1 where Drafting
Group I discussed text on agriculture late into the evening
began discussion on agriculture. Regarding SARD, the US proposed,
and the G-77/China opposed, language on development and use
of quantitative assessments in pursuing an ecosystem approach to
SARD. The G-77/China suggested deleting a proposed paragraph
on the social dimensions of SARD. The G-77/China proposed,
and the US opposed, deleting references to the effects of
agriculture practices on human safety and on the health of farmers,
their families and employees. The European Commission noted
that these elements were reflections of recommendations from the
multi-stakeholder dialogue and the high-level segment, and supported
their inclusion. A contact group chaired by Cuba will discussed
the issue of multifunctionality.
Drafting Group II on Financial Resources and
Mechanisms and on Economic Growth, Trade and Investment
Delegates discussed text referring to, inter alia, governance,
mobilizing ODA, debt relief, financial crisis arising from volatile
movements of private capital, and innovative mechanisms, and reforming
financial institutions. A contact group was established to review
text on the establishment of an ad hoc intergovernmental panel to
study fulfilment of financing commitments.
from Bolivia, Guyana, and Indonesia
finance and following the G-77/China rejection of an EU
proposal to delete reference to the UNCCD funding mechanism, the
paragraph was bracketed. Similarly, the paragraph on the CDM was
bracketed. Brazil said the CDM is not ready to be implemented
and is more market related.The EU proposal identifying
the GEF as the principal mechanism for funding sustainable development
in developing countries was rejected. The G-77/China's
proposed text to "strengthen and broaden" the GEF was bracketed.
Delegates accepted the G-77/CHINA proposals to delete a paragraph
on reforming international financial institutions.
and Chair Choi Seok-young
On debt relief,
following the EU suggestion to delete the text, reference
to "multilateral debt relief" was bracketed. Japan's proposed
inclusion of provision for cancellation "and equivalent relief"
of bilateral official debt, was bracketed. Reference to the international
community considering means for identifying unpayable debt for
possible action by creditors was deleted.
(left) represented the G-77/China on the trade discussion. On
market access, New Zealand (right), supported by the EU,
suggested text on modernization and operationalization of special
and differential treatment and using language agreed at UNCTAD-X.
The US called for the language to be bracketed as it does not exactly
reflect what was agreed at UNCTAD-X. Chair Seok-young suggested
convening a contact group to discuss a paragraph on environmental
impact and sustainability assessments.
the finance group, a contact group was established to review text
on the establishment of an ad hoc intergovernmental panel
to study fulfillment of financing commitments. New Zealand
volunteered to act as facilitator.
Drafting Group II on Preparations for Rio+10
Drafting Group III discussed plans for Rio +10 based on the Chair's
second revised draft. Sudan, with the EU, suggested a chapeau to
identify the document as a recommendation to ECOSOC and the GA.
On text stating that the review should be action-oriented and forward-looking,
the EU suggested focusing on areas such as poverty eradication and
environment and security. In response to a request for clarification
of the relationship between CSD-10 and Rio+10, as well as for financial
details, the Secretariat referred to the informal note describing
CSD-10 structure and funding. She stated that a back-to-back meeting
with CSD-9 could begin the preparation process and CSD-10 is devoted
entirely to preparations for Rio+10.
The 2000 Review Conference of the State Parties to the
Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
participating in the review of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty
(NPT) at UN Headquarters are planning to seek the support of CSD-8
on Friday for their efforts to promote sustainable energy, ruling
out the nuclear option, "peaceful" or otherwise. Campaigners are
disappointed that nuclear power appears in the report of the Co-Chairs
of the CSD open-ended ad hoc Working Group on Sustainable Energy.
Ellsberg, a well known policy analyst and former nuclear
war planner for the US Department of Defense. He achieved fame
and notoriety during the Vietnams war for releasing the "Pentagon
Papers" to the American news media.
Summary of Ad Hoc Open-Ended Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Energy
and Sustainable Development
- CSD website with official
"Introduction to CSD"