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Intersessional Ad Hoc Working Groups of the Ninth Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development

UN Headquarters, New York
6-16 March 2001                                                                                           

 

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Highlights from Friday, 16 March

Delegates attending the Intersessional Ad Hoc Working Group met briefly in the afternoon, after receiving copies of the revised Co-Chairs' documents on Information for Decision-making and Participation and on International Cooperation for an Enabling Environment. Co-Chair Alison Drayton asked delegates to refrain from making additional comments on the texts until CSD-9. After brief interventions by the EU, the G-77/China, Saudi Arabia and the Sudan, delegates turned to the adoption of the report as contained in E/CN.17/ISWG.II/2001/L.1. The Ad Hoc Working Group adjourned at 4:00pm.

Above photo: CO-Chair Alison Drayton (Guyana)

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The Commission on Sustainable Development's Intersessional Ad Hoc Working Group on information for decision making and participation and on international cooperation for an enabling environment met at UN Headquarters in New York from 12-16 March 2001. The session was held in accordance with resolution 1997/63 of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) establishing ad hoc working groups to assist the Commission with preparations for CSD sessions, and decision 8/8 of the Commission at its eighth meeting and a subsequent Bureau recommendation to hold an intersessional meeting on information for decision making and participation and on international cooperation for an enabling environment in preparation for the ninth session of the Commission for Sustainable Development (CSD-9). PHOTO: The conference room officers hand out the revised Co-Chairs documents in the afternoon
The session's deliberations were based on the Secretary-General's reports on information for decision making and participation and on international cooperation for an enabling environment, and resulted in two documents for each theme, which outline the summary of discussions and possible elements for draft decisions for action-oriented decisions at CSD-9. The outputs are also intended to highlight political issues that require ministerial input at CSD-9, which is to take place from 16-27 April 2001 in New York. In order to make progress on controversial aspects relating to indicators in the elements for a draft decision on information for decision making and participation, most of Wednesday afternoon, as well as Thursday and Friday were dedicated to informal consultations. In Friday's Plenary, which was scheduled to conclude discussion on the revised draft decisions on both issues, the Co-Chairs announced their intention not to have a second reading, but to forward the documents, as revised, for consideration at CSD-9. Several delegations opposed inclusion of text on indicators in the elements for a draft decision on information for decision making and participation, as a basis for negotiations at CSD-9.
In their assessment of the session, many participants acknowledged the usefulness of the outputs as a starting point for CSD-9 negotiations. However, it is expected that many will revert back to positions held at the start of the session, while others may adopt a "package deal" negotiating strategy. There is also expectation that CSD-9 will be the most difficult session in the history of the CSD, not only due to the lack of consensus on several issues, but also the looming Earth Summit 2002.

Co-Chair Alison Drayton asked delegates to postpone an initial exchange of views on the revised text until CSD-9
Co-Chairs Madina Jarbussynova (Kazakhstan) and Alison Drayton (Guyana)

Adoption of the report and closing remarks

Iran and France peruse the revised Co-Chairs documents

Iran, for the G-77/China, said the CSD was going beyond the scope of its mandate from ECOSOC with regards to the new section on Indicators of Sustainable Development and said this section could not be used as a basis for negotiation.

Responding, Co-Chair Drayton recalled discussions between major groups.

Iran, for the G-77/China, reiterated that the text cannot be used as a basis for negotiation

Saudi Arabia said the section of indicators would have to be negotiated from scratch at CSD-9

Sweden, for the EU, said that the documents need to be studied and said that all elements in the text have the same status

The EU huddle after the closure of the session to discuss the future!

ENB writer Violette Lacloche with the Sudan

The Sudan asked that the report of the meeting reflect the comments made, by Iran, Saudi Arabia and the EU

Russia and Indonesia
Iran and India discuss the text
Nigeria and China speaking after the meeting adjourns
Co-Chairs Jarbussynova and Drayton with JoAnne DiSano, Division for Sustainable Development and the Secretariat

Gender Perspectives for Earth Summit 2000-Energy, Transport, Information for Decision-Making

This panel discussion was organized by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the Heinrich Boell Foundation, Germany, and UNED Forum, London. The side event was a follow-up tot an international expert conference on "Gender Perspectives for Earth Summit 2001-Energy, Transport, Information for Decision-Making held in Berlin, Germany, 10-12 January 2001. In a multistakeholder forum of representatives from NGOs and women's organizations, academia and policy-making bodies, background papers on the three issues of energy, transport, information for decision-making and participation (including indicators for sustainable development) were presented and discussed. Discussions at the conference also addressed women's priorities and possible preparatory strategies for Earth Summit 2002 and the important question of how we can develop a common vision of sustainable development, gender mainstreaming and gender justice. Presentations and discussions at this side event focused on background information and concrete policy recommendations with regard to gender aspects of energy, transport and information for decision-making. The report of the Berlin conference is available at www.earthsummit2002.org/workshop

Photo: Minu Hemmati, UNED Forum/CSD Women's Caucus (minush@aol.com), Yakin Ertuerk, Director, UN Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), Stephan Cortius, German Environment Ministry, Hesphina Rukato, Minerals and Energy Policy Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa/ENERGIA Group, and Deike Peter, Technical University of Berlin, Germany, CSD Transport Caucus

Minu Hemmati, UNED Forum/CSD Women's Caucus, and Yakin Ertuerk, DAW, and Zehra Aydin, UN Division for Sustainable Development; Minu Hemmati (left) discussed the work of the CSD intersessionals on information for decision-making and said too much discussion has been focused on indicators. With respect to the involvement of stakeholders in the CSD, she lamented that not once have women been invited to be part of the multistakeholder dialogue process. Yakin Ertuerk (center) discussed the current programme of work of the Commission on the Status of Women and highlighted the interdependence of policy dialogue and taking action.

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