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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 Saturday, 22 October 2011

Delegates reconvened on Saturday, October 22 2011, for the Expert Segment of the Africa Regional Preparatory meeting for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, being held in conjunction with the Seventh Session of the Committee on Food Security and Sustainable Development (CFSSD-7).

In the morning, delegates met to continue deliberations among the sub-regional groups on the draft Africa Consensus Statement to Rio+20 as well as hear presentations on the means of implementation for sustainable development commitments made since the UN Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the Rio Earth Summit. During the discussion, delegates noted: increased commitments for promoting the strategic role of science and technology; progress on the reduction of trade tariffs; joint infrastructure projects; various cooperation agreements and fora; and capacity development initiatives. Delegates also noted obstacles to implementing sustainable development commitments such as differing capabilities between countries and access to funding mechanisms.

In the afternoon, delegates convened to discuss the draft Africa Consensus Statement to Rio+20.  A number of countries called for the resumption of the open-ended drafting group to continue discussions in parallel to the plenary debate. The Secretariat said that the open-ended drafting group can continue its work until the end of the meeting on Tuesday, 25 October 2011. The Expert Segment will reconvene on Sunday, 23 October 2011, to adopt the report of the meeting, while negotiations on the draft statement continue.

 

View over Addis Ababa from Mount Entoto

Flags at the UN Offices in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

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Kasirm Nwuke, UN Economic Commission for Africa

Marie-Rose Kabura, Burundi

 
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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

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*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)
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*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
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