Minister of State for the Environment Mary Collins
stressed three themes: the CSD should be an inclusive political
forum; it must emphasize the importance of national plans for
sustainability; and it needs to look at innovative mechanisms in
preparation for the next CSD session. She suggested that next year
the ministers should sit around a table and talk face-to-face. She
mentioned that the IISD in Winnipeg is establishing an informal
forum on environment and trade as a contribution to the CSD's work.
She also announced the establishment of a Centre for Sustainable
Cities in Vancouver. She said that all countries are "developing"
and that at the next session we should share models from countries
and use the CSD to find new and innovative ways to move forward.