Federal Minister for the Environment, Youth and
Family Maria Rauch-Kallat agreed with Australia on the important
role of women and NGOs in implementing Agenda 21 and echoed
Germany's call for a high political profile for the CSD. She said
that the CSD must address changing consumption patterns, forests
and nuclear energy. Forestry policies are needed for all parts of
the world, not just the tropical areas, and she called for moving
the issue of forests up on the CSD agenda.