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Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting for the Nineteenth Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development

28 February - 4 March 2011 | UN Headquarters, New York United States of America
Highlights for Tuesday, 1 March 2011
CSD-19 IPM
On Tuesday morning, delegates considered policy options to address barriers and constraints with respect to transport. CSD 19 Vice Chair Eduardo R. Menez chaired the session, noting the sector’s many challenges, including lack of access in rural areas, and pollution, congestion and safety concerns in urban areas. Delegates were briefed on the Secretary-General’s report on “Policy Options and Actions for Expediting Progress in Implementation: Transport” (E/CN.17/2011/4). They also heard three expert panelists give presentations focused on urban and rural transport issues, links to poverty and the MDGs, the rail sector and international aviation. Following the panel presentations, many delegates made interventions. They stressed a wide array of transport issues, including rural and urban policies, infrastructure needs, public and multi-modal transport systems, regulatory policies, and specific domestic actions.

On Tuesday afternoon, the IPM reconvened for a session on chemicals management. It was chaired by CSD Vice Chair Silvano Vergara (Panama). He noted that chemicals have significant impacts, both positive and negative, and supported inclusive chemicals management. Delegates were then briefed on the Secretary-General’s report on “Policy Options and Actions for Expediting Progress in Implementation: Chemicals” (E/CN.17/2011/5). They also heard three expert panelists speaking on governance at the national and international levels, the life cycle approach, financing and capacity building for developing countries, and mainstreaming sound chemicals management into development agendas. Following the panel presentations, many delegates made interventions. They stressed issues such as the role of SAICM, synergies between the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, financial and technological support, national policies, and partnerships with business, industry and other stakeholders.
Country flags outside the UN Headquarters.
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Panel on Sustainable Transport. L-R: Roberto Aguerrebere-Saldo, Mexican Transport Institute; Kathleen Abdalla, DSD; Chair Eduardo Menez (Philippines); Vivian Pliner, Secretariat; Paul Steele, International Air Transport Association; Henning Schwarz, International Union of Railways
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Panel during a lunchtime side event, "Promoting the Economic and Social Benefits of the Sound Management of Chemicals and Wastes." L-R: Katharina Kummer Peiry, Executive Secretary, Basel Convention; Donald Cooper, Executive Secretary, Stockholm Convention and Co-Executive Secretary, Rotterdam Convention; Kaj Madsen, UNEP Chemicals; Chair Noluzuko Gwayi, President, Rotterdam Convention Conference of Parties; Secretariat support; Klaus Tyrkko, UNDP.
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Marie-Helene Levesque, Transport Canada, highlighted Canada's three-year federal sustainable development strategy.
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Julio Cesar Baena, Brazil, supported regional networks for capacity building and technical assistance.
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Delegates during the session on sustainable transport.
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*CSD-19 IPM organization of work
*CSD-19 documents

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