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UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)

Regional Implementation Meeting in Preparation for CSD-12

Cairo, Egypt | 19 - 21 October 2003



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Tuesday, October 21, 2003
| On Tuesday, 21 October, delegates to the West Asia Regional Implementation Meeting in preparation for CSD-12 held a brief closing Plenary to adopt the meeting’s report. A consolidated report on follow-up activities in the field of water, sanitation and human settlements, including comments made during the meeting, will be submitted to CSD-12 as the input from the Arab region.


Mahmoud Hewehy, Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs of Egypt, chairs the closing Plenary of the meeting.


Emad Adly, Arab Network for Environment and Development, stresses that poverty is a key issue in the Arab region and should be the basis of the reports on water, sanitation, and human settlements.


Regarding the implementation of the WSSD outcomes on water, sanitation, and human settlements, Tunisia proposes to include a specific reference to UN General Assembly Resolution 265/57 on the World Solidarity Fund.


Fatma El Din El Mallah, League of Arab States, notes that the reports on water, sanitation, and human settlements will be consolidated, before their transmission to CSD-12, in order to avoid overlap and repetition.


Mohamed Ghemari, Islamic Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), proposes that the Technical Secretariat of the Joint Committee on Environment and Development in the Arab Region and ISESCO coordinate their actions to enhance the implementation of Arab programmes for sustainable development.


Syria underlines the importance of ESCWA�s work strategy and requests to be provided with more detailed information in order to be in a position to make a positive contribution to its improvement.


 

 

Links |

UN Division for Sustainable Development Regional Implementation Meetings: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd/csd12/rim.htm.
CSD-12: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd/csd12/csd12.htm.
ENB summary of CSD-11: http://www.iisd.ca/linkages/vol05/enb05193e.html.
ENB coverage of WSSD: http://www.iisd.ca/linkages/2002/wssd.
ENB coverage of previous CSD sessions: http://www.iisd.ca/process/sustdevt.htm.
Linkage's Portal to the Johannesburg Summit 2002: http://www.iisd.ca/wssd/portal.html.


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