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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 Friday, 20 April

 
The Road to Earth Summit 2002
Organized by the Heinrich Böll Foundation
This day long conference included key note speeches from Uschi Eid, German Deputy Prime Minister for Development, and Klaus Töpfer, UNEP Executive Director. The topics of the panel discussions were as follows: Sustainable Energy; Trade and Sustainable Development; Financing for Development; and Institutional Reform. The organizer's view is that next year's World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, will not only review the progress of Agenda 21 and the Rio Conventions, but focus on a "New Deal" between Environment and Development.
Trade and Sustainable Development Panel: Brennan van Dyke, UNEP, Paul Joffe, National Wildlife Federation, Jessica Wilson, Environmental Monitoring Group, Liane Schaletek, Assistant Director, Moderator Heike Löschmann, Head of Office, Thailand, Heinrich Böll Foundation, Liane Schalatek, Assistant Director, Washington Office, Heinrich Böll Foundation, and Jürgen Maier, German NGO Forum on Environment and Development
Paul Joffe, National Wildlife Federation, Jessica Wilson, Environmental Monitoring Group, Liane Schaletek, Assistant Director, Moderator Heike Löschmann, Head of Office, Thailand,
Institutional Reform Panel: Charolotte Streck, World Bank, Hilary French, Worldwatch Institute, Sebastian Oberthür, Ecologic, Stephan Contius, German Ministry for the Environment, Frank Biermann, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, and Felix Dodds, UNED-Forum
This panel discussed the institutional changes that this "new deal" would require. Felix Dodds, UNED Forum, said that the present international institutions for sustainable development are not working well and that the process of preparations for the Earth Summit 2002 can help to improve international architecture for sustainable development. Frank Biermann, Postdam Institute, described some models containing ideas to shape a new World Environment Organization. Stephan Contius, German Ministry of the Environment, suggested the need to integrate environmental concerns into the work of other agencies and said the year 2002 is a great opportunity to reach an agreement on this matter. Sebastian Oberthür, Ecologic, said a World Environment Organization would not be the institution able to address environmental challenges such as decision-making, lack of resources for capacity building, and the coordination and fragmentation in several environmental institutions. Hillary French, World Watch Institute, said that global governance is very unbalanced today because it is only looking at a very narrowed set of values related to economic and commercial aspects, and highlighted the need to look to a more broader set of values that includes aspects such as moral and the environment. Charlotte Streck, World Bank, suggested that the Global Public Policy Networks (GPPN) could serve as model for a new environmental organization because it promotes the collaboration of governments, civil and private society. During the ensuing discussion, participants discussed: the enactment of the right to development as a human right; strengthening the enforcement of international law based on institutions; and global governance as complimentary to local governance. Photo: Charolotte Streck, World Bank, Hilary French, Worldwatch Institute, Sebastian Oberthür, Ecologic
UNEP Executive Director Klaus Töpfer gives the key note speech at the conference

Open meeting between EU Ministers and NGOs NGOs questioned why ministers did not make stronger statements against the use of nuclear energy. Other issues raised were related to the World Summit on Sustainable Development, and its agenda and possibilities of success. On minister linked the success of the Summit to the progress in climate change negotiations. Regarding the Summit's agenda, Ministers said a process to discuss it began with circulation of a paper. Some of the issues being addressed include: water, energy, environment, health, particularly malaria, and cross-sectoral issues, such as globalization, gender and finance. Ministers agreed that water and environmental health are among the priorities and that some results of the discussionswould

EU ministers
NGOs

World Energy Assessment: Energy and the Challenge of Sustainability
Energy: Our Future Revolves Around Getting it Right!
Sponsored by UNDP, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and the World Energy Council (WEC)

J. Gururaja, DESA, Emad El-Sharkawi, Chairman, National Egyptian Committee, WEC, Zephirin Diabre, Associate Administrator, UNDP, Moderator Thomas B. Johansson, Sustainable Energy Policies for Development, UNDP, Jose Goldemberg, Chair, WEA, Brazil, Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Energy Technologies for Sustainable Development, Convening Lead Author, Chapter 9 on Energy Scenarios, and Hans-Holger Rogner, The Energy System and Resources, Convening Lead Author, Chapter 5 on Energy Resources
 
The World Energy Assessment Report is availabe at CSD-9 or by visiting www.undp.org/seed/eap/activities/wea Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish and Russian language versions of the WEA overview are available upon request.
J. Gururaja, DESA, Emad El-Sharkawi, Chairman, WEC, Zephirin Diabre, Associate Administrator, UNDP
Jose Goldemberg, Chair, World Energy Assessment, Brazil
Nebojsa Nakicenovic, Energy Technologies for Sustainable Development, Convening Lead Author, Chapter 9 on Energy Scenarios

Transport, Environment and Health: Addressing the Impacts and their Policy Implications Organized by the World Health Organization (WHO)

Over the next 20 years transportation is expected to be the major driving force behind a growing world demand for energy. It is the fastest end-user of energy in developed countries and the fastest growing one iun most developing countries. Current patterns of transportation are not sustainable and may compound both environment and health problems. The aim of this expert panel is to examine the impacts of transport policies and practices on health and the environment; highlight efforts at the global, regional and national levels to address the problem, and discuss technical and policy interventions needed for effective and sustainable solutions. One speaker said that with round 80,000 deaths per year in Europe due to air pollution, combined with traffic accidents, and links to learning and memory impediments, the WHO stresses impacts of transport on environment and human health. The WHO recommended the development of a Framework Convention on Transport Environment and Health (TEH) including a high level meeting, alongside the strengthening of institutional collaboration, and links with other program areas such as climate change. For more information, visit: http://www.who.it/ht/teh.htm

Carlos Alberto Zarattini, Municipal Secretary of Transport in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Carlos Dora, Regioinal Adviser, Health Impact Assessment, WHO Regional Office for Europe Not pictured: Francesca Racioppi, Transport, Environment and Health Programme, WHO Regional Office for Europe and Vinand Nantulya, visiting research fellow in International Health at Harvard School of Public Health and former Director of programs at Nairobi-based African Medical and Research Foundation (AMREF)

 
 

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