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Sustainable Development Policy & Practice
UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) African Regional Preparatory Process

20-25 October 2011 | Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

UNCSD
Highlights for Thursday, 20 October 2011

The Africa Regional Preparatory Conference for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held concurrently with the Seventh Session of the Committee on Food Security and Sustainable Development (CFSSD7), convened today in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In the morning, delegates heard opening statements, deliberated on the election of bureau members and adopted the agenda.  They noted that Rio+20 is a key moment for Africa to assess progress in sustainable development, and is also an opportunity for African countries to communicate their needs for a framework for sustainable development.

During the afternoon, delegates convened to discuss issues relating to CFSSD7, including the implementation of the 2010/2011 work programme of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) subprogramme on food security and sustainable development as well as the implementation of the outcomes of the World Summit on Sustainable Development. They also heard presentations on: the challenges, opportunities and policies for food security in Africa; development of the strategic agricultural commodity value chains for FSSD in Africa; the Land Policy Initiative; and the Climate Change and Development in Africa Programme.

Delegates highlighted the land use conflict between agriculture and biofuels; the need for increased investment in agriculture; the importance of technology transfer for improved infrastructure, specifically for renewable energy technologies and water resource management; and the involvement of women in the agricultural sector.

View over Addis Ababa from Mount Entoto
The UN Conference Centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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View over Addis Ababa from Mount Entoto

View of the dais during the opening session.

Delegates gathering the latest set of documents.
Delegates conferring between sessions.
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Related Links
UN Economic Commission for Africa resources
*Meeting website
*Concept note
*Provisional agenda for expert segment
*Provisional agenda for ministerial segment
*Sustainable Development report on Africa
*Decision on Africa’s Preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20); Common Positions and Strategies in the Face of the Challenge of Green Economy and International Governance of the Environment
*UN Conference on Sustainable Development website

IISD RS resources
*IISD RS Summary Report of the UNCSD Regional Preparatory Meeting for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), 7-9 September 2011, Santiago, Chile (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary Report of the UNCSD Subregional Preparatory Committee for the Pacific Countries, 21-22 July 2011, Apia, Samoa (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary Report of the UNCSD Subregional Preparatory Committee for the Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, and South China Sea Countries, 7-8 July 2011, Mahé, Seychelles (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary Report of the UNCSD Rio+20 Subregional Preparatory Meeting for the Caribbean, 20 June 2011, Georgetown, Guyana (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary Report of the Keeping the Green Economy Blue: A Workshop in Preparation for the UNCSD, 29 April 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the Second Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2012 UNCSD, 7-8 March 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the First Intersessional Meeting of UNCSD, 10-11 January 2011, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS Summary and Analysis of the First Session of the Preparatory Committee for UNCSD, 17-19 May 2010, UN Headquarters, New York, United States of America (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF) (Spanish: HTML - PDF)
IISD RS coverage of the World Summit on Sustainable Development, 26 August - 4 September 2002, Johannesburg, South Africa
*IISD RS coverage of the UN Conference on Environment and Development, 3-14 June 1992, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
*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
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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