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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 Monday, 24 October 2011

Delegates convened on Monday, 24October  2011, for the opening of the Ministerial Segment of the Africa Regional Preparatory meeting for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In the morning, delegates heard opening statements from dignitaries, including Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister, Ethiopia, and Denis Sassou Nguesso, President, Republic of Congo. Delegates heard that the objective and themes of Rio+20 offer a great opportunity to address African challenges, that poverty, access to water and biodiversity conservation are key issues to be addressed in the consensus statement, and that speaking with “one voice” at Rio+20 will ensure successful outcomes.

During the afternoon, delegates also took part in a Ministerial Dialogue on progress in the implementation of sustainable development commitments and New and emerging challenges, Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication as well as Institutional and strategic frameworks for sustainable development.

During the dialogues, delegates heard that: achieving sustainable development and transformation to green economies requires prioritizing action at the national level; Africa requires a new paradigm for modern urbanism as the western definition of a city is no longer relevant in relation to the green economy; and that Africa cannot adapt to climate change, reduce poverty and ensure food security if it does not act against land degradation.

The open-ended drafting group met throughout the day to continue their work on the Africa Consensus Statement to Rio+20.

View over Addis Ababa from Mount Entoto

A view of the dais during the Minsterial Dialogue on Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication and Institutional and strategic frameworks for sustainable development

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Denis Sassou Nguesso, President, Republic of Congo

Meles Zenawi, Prime Minister, Ethiopia

Delegates during the plenary session

 

UN Day Celebrations

 
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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
*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
*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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