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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice

Final Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) and Inaugural Session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF)

20 and 24 September 2013 | UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

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Highlights for Tuesday, 24 September 2013

The inaugural session of the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) convened at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, 24 September 2013 in the Trusteeship Council Chamber at UN Headquarters in New York.  The session theme was “Building the future we want from Rio+20 to the post-2015 development agenda.”  The gathering of presidents, prime ministers, ministers and other officials heard opening remarks from General Assembly President John Ashe and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  Other opening speakers included: Nestor Osorio, President of ECOSOC; Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil; Enrico Letta, Prime Minister of Italy; Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group; Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, IMF; and Gita Sen, Representative of the Major Groups.

The session was divided into several segments that featured keynote presentations from Heads of State and Government and Ministers and remarks from the floor on the following themes: “From vision to action,” “Global partnerships for development to create jobs and improve sustainable lifestyles,” and “Mapping the way forward for eradicating poverty and achieving sustainable development.”

The Earth Negotiations Bulletin summary of the HLPF will be available here on Friday, 27 September 2013.

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Delegates attending the HLPF arriving in the Trusteeship Council Chamber.
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The dais during the opening session: Nestor Osorio, President of ECOSOC, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moonJohn Ashe, President of the General Assembly, Tegegnework Gettu, Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly and Conference Management
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Danny Faure, Vice President of Seychelles, Amb. Ronald Jumeau, Seychelles, and Seychelles Foreign Minister Jean-Paul Adam.
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Baron Waqa, President of Nauru, with Amb. Marlene Moses, Nauru
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Donald Rabindranauth Ramotar, President of Guyana
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Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil
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Abdullah Gul, President of the Republic of Turkey
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Enrico Letta, Prime Minister of Italy
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Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama, Prime Minister of Fiji, spoke on behalf of the Group of 77 and China
Related Links
UN resources

*CSD-20 website

*CSD-20 provisional agenda

*Commission on Sustainable Development website

*HLPF website


IISD RS resources

*IISD RS summary report of the Arab Regional Implementation Meeting (RIM) on Rio+20 Outcomes, 29-30 May 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary report of the Asia and Pacific Regional Implementation Meeting (RIM) on Rio+20 Outcomes, 22-24 April 2013, Bangkok, Thailand (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS summary report of the High-level segment of the Sixty-fifth session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), 9-11 April 2013, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of the Caribbean Forum: Shaping a Sustainable Development Agenda to address the Caribbean Reality in the 21st Century and Conference on Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean: Follow-up to the development agenda beyond 2015 and Rio+20, 5-6 and 7-9 of March 2013, Bogotá, Colombia

*IISD RS summary report of the Eighth Session of the Committee on Food Security and Sustainable Development (CFSSD-8) and Africa Regional Implementation Meeting (Africa-RIM) in preparation for the Twentieth Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable (CSD-20), 19-21 November 2012, UN Conference Centre (UNCC), Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

*IISD RS coverage of Rio+20: Third PrepCom and the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), 13-22 June 2012, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

*IISD RS coverage of CSD-19, 2-14 May 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America

*IISD RS archive of sustainable development meetings

*UNCSD-L - A mailing list for news on sustainable development policy

*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development

*POST2015-L - A mailing list focused on internationally-relevant activities related to setting the post-2015 development agenda

*Post-2015 Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Post-2015 Development Agenda Activities

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
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