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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 Friday, 20 September 2013
The 20th and final session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) convened on Friday, 20 September 2013 at UN Headquarters in New York. The session opened with statements by Chair Bektas Mukhamedzhanov (Kazakhstan), Noel Sinclair, on behalf of the President of the UN General Assembly, Under-Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs Wu Hongbo and Joao Felipe Scarpelini, on behalf of all nine Major Groups. Delegates then participated in a high-level dialogue on lessons learned from the CSD, with speakers highlighting the achievements and weakness of the Commission, and looking forward to the future.

After twenty years of work, the CSD will be replaced by the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which will hold its inaugural session on Tuesday, 24 September 2013.

The final gavel came down on the UN Commission on Sustainable Development at 1:00 pm.
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This video was produced by the International Institute for Sustainable Development/Earth Negotiations Bulletin in collaboration with UN DESA, for the final session of the CSD.
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CSD-20 Chair Bektas Mukhamedzhanov, Vice-Minister of Environment Protection of the Republic of Kazakhstan
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CSD-20 Vice-Chairs Miloš Nikolić (Montenegro) and Paolo Soprano (Italy)
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Major Groups gathered at the back of Conference Room 2 as delegates slowly trickled in.
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Joao Felipe Scarpelini, Children and Youth, spoke on behalf of all nine Major Groups
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Felix Dodds, former Executive Director of Stakeholder Forum for a Sustainable Future
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L-R: Nikhil Seth, Director, UN Division for Sustainable Development, and Barbara Adams, Global Policy Forum
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Bedrich Moldan (Czech Republic), Chair of CSD-9
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Presentation of the IISD/Earth Negotiations Bulletin commemorative video on the CSD
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UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner
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Jan-Gustav Strandenaes, on behalf of the NGO Major Group
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Amb. Peter Thomson (Fiji), on behalf of the Group of 77 and China
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Sameera Savarala, on behalf of Children and Youth
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Members of the Group of 77: Mohamed Khalil (Egypt), Roula Majdalani, UN-ESCWA, Rima Cempaka (Indonesia), Yolinda Chan (Fiji), Josefina Bunge (Argentina), and Loh Seck Tiong (Malaysia)
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Group photo of CSD-20 participants
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

*SDG - 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

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

*Sustainable Development 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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