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9th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development
16-27 April, New York

PrepCom for the World Summit on Sustainable Development
30 April-2 May, New York

New York, USA
CSD 9 
  monday 16 : tuesday 17 : wednesday 18 : thursday 19 : friday 20 :
April 16 - April 27     Monday 23 : Tuesday 24 : Wednesday 25 : Thursday 26 : Friday 27 : summary :
April 30 - May 02
CSD 10 
  Monday 30 : Tuesday 01 : Wednesday 02 : summary :

Side events from Wednesday, 18 April

 

 

UNEP's Open-ended Intergovernmental Group of Ministers, or their Representatives, on International Environmental Governance

Attendance at Wednesday morning's multi-stakeholder dialogue session was noticeably affected by the parallel meeting of the Open-Ended Intergovernmental Group of Ministers or their Representatives, on International Environmental Governance. Chaired by the Canadian Minister of the Environment, David Anderson, the meeting considered the report of the UNEP Executive Director (UNEP/IGM/I/2), which presents a number of options for strengthening institutional structures for international environmental governance. Discussion of the paper was moderated by Raul Estrada, Argentina. During the discussions there was broad agreement on the need to: strengthen UNEP's role and increase its funding, improve coordination between existing multilateral environmental agreements; and ensure the participation of stakeholders. Delegates also agreed that the process should be undertaken within the broader context of sustainable development, with the results to be fed into the preparatory process for the World Summit for Sustainable Development. After the meeting, some observers commented on the irony surrounding the G-77/CHINA's preference that the organization of work for the Intergovernmental Group should take place largely within New York, despite the insistence of developing countries that UNEP remain in Nairobi. Others said the session's outcome bodes well for UNEP's future, but casts a shadow over the CSD's future, regretting that the CSDs efforts over the last couple of years to mainstream poverty and social issues were being overlooked.

Photo: UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer

 

Klaus Toepfer makes some introductory remarks as UNEP Governing Council President and Canadian Environment Minister David Anderson (right) looks on
Raśl Estrada-Oyuela, Special Representative for International Environmental Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Argentina (left) moderated discussion of the paper on governance; David Anderson, Canadian Environment Minister and GC President (right)
Kjell Larsson, EU President and Minister for the Environment, Sweden, strengthening UNEP, stable, predictable and adequate funding; improving coordination of MEAs, integrating environment all policy areas,
Raul Estrada, Argentina, speaks with the environment minister from Costa Rica (left), who supported keeping UNEP in Nairobi. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, former Executive Director of UNEP, before the convening of the session (right)

Siri Bjerke, Environment Minister of Norway called for improving compliance of MEAs and increasing public funding through better funding the GEF. Dominique Voynet, French Environment Minister, underlined the lack of political will and funding and called for the progressive strengthening of existing structure.

Above: Myung-Ja Kim, Republic of Korea, and the Egyptian delegation. The Egyptian minister (right) called for more time to comment on the Executive Director's document.


 

Side Event: Towards Sustainable Consumption: The Role of NGOs
Organized by the CSD NGO Caucus for Sustainable Transport

Photo: Enrique Penalosa, Mayor, Bogota Colombia.

With the implementation of the "TransMilenio" high capacity mass transit system, combined with dedicated lanes, over 33 km of bicycle paths, centralised GPS monitoring/control, strict environmental requirements, and other supplementary activities such as "Car-Free Days" and weekly closures of main transportation arteries, Bogota forged a highly popular system with large consumer buy-in, and resulting in positive political support. According to the Mayor, its most important result was the increased social integration this fostered among communities, and the user-pride in the city's services, alongside the environmental benefits.

 


 

Side Event: Energy Development and Security in Island Countries
Sponsored by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and the South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission

The Pacific islands context is significantly different from that face by other developing countries, and requires unique responses. This event will address the challenges identified in the Pacific region and the resultant priorities. This event will address the challenges identified in the Pacific region and the resultant priorities for sustainable development: Environmental vulnerability; Energy security and efficiency; Appropriate forms of renewable energy;and Human and institutional capacity building. During this discussion, a presentation on Energy Development and Security in Island Countries was given, which highlighted the Pacific Regional Commission's Submission to CSD-9. It also highlighted the Pacific context, Pacific concerns, and key issues (accessibility, rural energy, financing the energy sector, energy efficiency, advanced fossil fuel and nuclear fuel technologies, renewable energy, energy-related issues in transportation, and international cooperation). The presentation also included, inter alia, analysis of priorities for development, regional energy sector coordination, national energy sector planning and policy. Photo: Ambassador David Stuart, Australia, and Teaiwa Tenieu, Minister for Works and Energy, Kiribati

Paul L. Fairbairn, Energy Manager, South Pacific Applied Geoscience Commission (SOPAC) paul@sopac.org.

For more information on SOPAC's activities, visit: www.sopac.org

 
 

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