said that within the CSD the execution of the
multi-year thematic programme of work is crucial and the complexity
of environment and development problems demands an integrated
approach. The problem of financing sustainable development
activities is the key to the success of Agenda 21 and Madagascar
regrets the "wait and see" attitude of many developed countries.
Madagascar welcomed the establishment of the two CSD ad hoc
intersessional working groups on technology transfer and finance
and counts on them to come up with action-oriented policy
initiatives. Partnership is essential in implementing Agenda 21.
Madagascar hopes that the spirit of political commitment shown at
the first session of the CSD is preserved.
The only country to mention the issue of venue for the next session
of the CSD was Belarus, who is flexible on this matter, but
supported holding the second CSD in Geneva. Belarus also said that
the CSD needs to better address the environmental problems of
countries in transition. The CSD should also be the main body
dealing with Agenda 21 implementation and duplication of efforts by
UNEP and the CSD should be eliminated.