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9th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development
16-27 April, New York

PrepCom for the World Summit on Sustainable Development
30 April-2 May, New York

New York, USA
CSD 9 
  monday 16 : tuesday 17 : wednesday 18 : thursday 19 : friday 20 :
April 16 - April 27     Monday 23 : Tuesday 24 : Wednesday 25 : Thursday 26 : Friday 27 : summary :
April 30 - May 02
CSD 10 
  Monday 30 : Tuesday 01 : Wednesday 02 : summary :

Side Events from Thursday, 19 April



Energy for Sustainable Development: a regional approach
Organized by United Nations Environment Programme
Daniel Bouille, Bariloche Foundation, Argentina; M. Reza Salamat, Iran; Anita Bundegaard, Minister of Development Cooperation, Denmark; UNEP Executive Director Klaus Töpfer; Syda Bbumba, Minister of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda; and Roy Hamme, Duke Energy, USA.

Klaus Töpfer, UNEP Executive Director, opened this side event stating his encouragement for renewable energy development to continue on a networking path of decentralization. Speakers described their national interests in supporting regional collaboration for energy resource efficiency. Mohammed Reza Salamat related that in his work as Co-Chair of the Ad Hoc Energy Experts group, there are good intentions for cooperation at the regional level, citing that the text relating to regional cooperation is one of the few texts which have been fully agreed and adopted by delegates, while the text on international cooperation is entirely bracketed. In listing Uganda's experience in promoting efficient energy use, maintenance and expansion of power supply, and energy consumption, Syda Bbumba highlighted that the development of renewable energy sources in Africa (such as hydro power) can only be accomplished in a regional development plan.

Minister Anita Bundegaard and Klaus Töpfer
The Executive Dining Room during the Panel Discussion


The Integrated Global Observing Strategy Partnership: Focus on Oceans, Carbon Cycle, Water Cycle, Water Cycle
Sponsored by the Integrated Global Observing Strategy (IGOS), an international partnership of agencies concerned with global environmental issues, research, and provision of Earth observationsration


Many of the various environmental initiatives and treaties implemented over the last few decades call for systematic observations of the Earth, and the IGOS Partnership is prepared to provide the necessary observational links in support of such international initiatives. The Partnership has deployed considerable effort to improve awareness among the international environmental Conventions of the IGOS Partnership activities, including the information that can be provided through this relatively novel cooperation among organizations that previously were not as closely linked.

Photo: Rick Lawford, GEWEX Americas Prediction Project, World Climate Research Program (WCRP).  
Dr. John Townshend, Global Observation of Forest Cover (GOFC), Dr. Ghassem Asrar, NASA Associate Administrator, Office of Earth Science, and Dr. Berrien Moore, Chair, Scientific Committee, International Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP)


Book Launch: Generating Opportunities: Case Studies on Energy and Women
Organized by UNDP

Photo: Gail V. Karlsson, Editor, UNDP, Salome Misana, Executive Editor, University of Dar es Salaam, Carlos Lopes, Deputy Director, Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP, and Susan E. McDade, Moderator of the Panel

This side event was held to launch a new publication by UNDP entitled "Generating Opportunities: Case Studies on Energy and Women. The publication includes cases studies from Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nepal, South Africa and Uganda.

Look for the full report on the web in early May at www.undp.org

Carlos Lopes, Deputy Director, Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP, and Gail V. Karlsson, Editor of Generating Opportunities

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