11th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development 
UN Headquarters, New York, 28 April - 9 May 2003




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CSD11 Highlights, Thursday, May 1st

 On Thursday morning, participants met for a multi-stakeholder dialogue to exchange views on the future work programme of the CSD, including arrangements for the involvement of Major Groups and other stakeholders. On Thursday afternoon, Chair Moosa presented delegates with draft decisions on the future programme, organization and methods of work of the CSD, and on the status of NGOs and other Major Groups accredited to the WSSD.


CSD 11 Chair Valli Moosa

Official Session


Andrey Vasilyev, Secretariat, JoAnne DiSano, Secretariat, Chair Valli Moosa, Zehra Aydin, Secretariat, Crispian Olver, South Africa

The multi-stakeholder dialogue began with opening statements by Major Groups. BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY highlighted the need to ensure market access and provide consumers with product choices. FARMERS called on the CSD to invite consumer groups to participate in future sessions. INDIGENOUS PEOPLE underscored protection, restoration and renewal of ancestral lands and territories, and rights-based participatory processes that are sensitive to social and cultural values. LOCAL AUTHORITIES noted the need for legislation, guidelines and governance at the national level, and for enhancing human and financial capacity. NGOs said a rights-based approach to sustainable development must permeate the work of the CSD for the next decade, and stressed the need to distribute responsibility for JPOI implementation across the UN’s institutional framework. The SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL COMMUNITY emphasized the role of education for sustainable development, and identified sustainable consumption and production as a priority for the CSD.

Women Representative

Trade Unions Representative

TRADE UNIONS said the Secretary-General’s report overemphasizes the environmental dimension of sustainable development, and stressed social development. WOMEN called for a gender analysis of the JPOI, and proposed submission of reports on gender implementation by 2005.On representation and involvement of Major Groups and other  stakeholders, many speakers supported strengthening and extending such participation, and presented specific ideas to achieve this. HUNGARY and INDIA highlighted the media and, with CANADA, identified educators as a key group meriting greater involvement in the CSD. Chair Moosa drew attention to faith-based representatives, HUNGARY added consumers, and the US suggested employing existing national and international networks of scientists.


Science and Technology and Business and Industry Representatives

BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY proposed involving the self-employed, and the judicial and law enforcement communities. SENEGAL sought increased participation of parliamentarians. FINLAND called for involving the elderly and, supported by NGOs, WOMEN, FARMERS, as well as by JORDAN and EGYPT, suggested including the disabled. WOMEN emphasized the need for the Commission to consider the economically and socially disabled in its deliberations.

Farmers Representative


Youth Representative


YOUTH said more countries should include youth representatives on their delegations, and supported mainstreaming youth in decision making at the local and national levels through initiatives such as youth councils. TRADE UNIONS, WOMEN and YOUTH stressed the importance of establishing a mechanism to ensure greater involvement of Major Groups in policy making, and proposed strengthening the overall capacity of Major Groups to engage in the multi-stakeholder process.

Indigenous People representatives
Listen to IUCN
  INDIGENOUS PEOPLE drew attention to their contribution to the POPs and CBD processes, and called for their greater involvement in the CSD’s work. On organizational matters, SWEDEN and the US highlighted the potential of task forces and subcommittees as a way to strengthen the contribution of Major Groups. CANADA said opportunities for stakeholders to contribute throughout the entire CSD work cycle should be maximized. A number of speakers also noted the need for equitable geographic representation of Major Groups. BRAZIL recounted its experience in mobilizing civil society at all levels, in particular at the local level, and AUSTRIA stressed the importance of stakeholder participation in decision making at the local and national levels. IUCN offered its scientists’ networks to assist the CSD in implementation, and stressed the need to organize regional implementation forums in the regions.            

Barbados Delegate
Local Authorities Representative
  BARBADOS proposed establishing NGO regional coordination councils, and highlighted their potential as catalysts for implementation, partnerships and resource mobilization. BELGIUM described how its sustainable development councils have promoted multi-stakeholder participation, and NGOs encouraged all governments to establish such councils. A number of speakers suggested that Major Group representatives attending CSD sessions should bring practical experience in implementing policies on the ground, rather than just policy expertise.

NGOs Representative
European Committee Delegate
  AUSTRALIA added that this could also apply to country delegations, given that the aim is to revitalize CSD to make it more action-oriented. GREECE said that distinguishing between policy and implementation NGOs would create unnecessary divisions and, with the REPUBLIC OF KOREA, BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY and several others, supported self-selection of Major Groups representatives. Responding to comments by Chair Moosa that there appeared to be agreement on removing trade-distorting agricultural subsidies, the EUROPEAN COMMUNITY said this does not mean there is a consensus on removing all agricultural subsidies.

Australia Delegate
Hungary Delegate
  Stressing the complexity of this issue, JAPAN drew attention to “delicate negotiations” taking place in the WTO.

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Introducing the draft decision on the future programme, organization and methods of work of the Commission, late Thursday afternoon, Chair Moosa said it reflects areas of convergence and concern raised by delegations during the high-level segment. He also circulated a short draft decision on the status of NGOs and other Major Groups accredited to the WSSD. He said that the draft decision on the future organization of the Bureau will be presented on Monday, 5 May, and the draft decision on SIDS will be presented on Tuesday, 6 May.
Chair Moosa said the session will break out into two Working Groups on Monday, 5 May. Working Group 1 will be co-chaired by Hossein Moeini Meybodi, (Iran) and Nadine Gouz�e (Belgium), and will deliberate on the future organization of work and the multi-year programme of work. Co-chaired by Irena Zubĉeviĉ (Croatia) and Bruno Stagno (Costa Rica), Working Group 2 will consider: reporting; enhancing contributions of funds, programme, agencies and other UN organizations; contributions of Major Groups and other constituencies; and CSD as the focal point for partnerships for sustainable development. This Group will also address a decision on the future organization of the Bureau. The draft decision on the CSD�s future programme, organization and methods of work will be available online at: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd/csd11/CSD11.htm


Listen to Chair Moosa's presentation on the draft decision.


MAJOR GROUPS� COMMENTS ON DRAFT DECISION: On Friday morning, Major Groups will present their comments on the draft decision in Conference Room 1 from 10:00-11:30 am.

REGIONAL GROUP CONSULTATIONS: Following the Major Group's comments, regional and interest groups will consult on the draft decision in preparation for Monday's negotiations.

WORKING GROUP 1: Co-chaired by Hossein Moeini Meybodi, (Iran) and Nadine Gouz�e (Belgium), this Working Group will meet on Monday, 5 May, at 10:00 am in Conference Room 4 to deliberate on the future organization of work and the multi-year programme of work.

WORKING GROUP 2: Co-chaired by Irena Zubĉeviĉ (Croatia) and Bruno Stagno (Costa Rica), Working Group 2 will meet on Monday in Conference Room 6 at 10:00 am to consider: reporting; enhancing contributions of funds, programme, agencies and other UN organizations; contributions of Major Groups and other constituencies; and CSD as the focal point for partnerships for sustainable development. This Group will also address a decision on the future organization of the Bureau, which will be released on Monday.

Partnerships Fair

  The Power of Partnership in Creating a Global Initiative to Conserve Biodiversity-organized by the Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF)

CEPF aims to dramatically advance conservation of the earth's biologically riches and most threatened areas. A fundamental goal is to ensure that civil society, such as community groups, NGOs and private sector enterprises, is engaged in biodiversity conservation.

For more information visit http://www.cepf.net

Photo on right: Donnel Ocker, Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund


 ∙ Opportunities for Implementing a Sustainable Rural Development and Ecovillage Training Programme-organized by EcoEarth Alliance; Global Ecovillage Network; Earthrights Institute; Institute for Integrated Rural Development; International Institute for Sustainable Future

The objective of this partnership is to provide access to resources, training, and capacity building at local an regional levels through an integrated, holistic, and community-based approach to development in order to overcome poverty, restore the natural environment and meet community needs. For more information visit http://www.ecovillage.org/ecoearth

Rob Wheeler, International Institute for Sustainable Future (photo at right);

Alejandra Liora Adler, Global Ecovillage Network (below left), La Caravana Travelling EcoVillage; and Alanna Hartzol (below center), Earth Rights Institute



Equator Initiative: A Partnership for Sustainable Communities in the Tropics

The Equator Initiative is a world-wide movement to reduce poverty and sustain biodiversity by identifying and rewarding, innovative local partnerships, fostering community-community learning and contributing to knowledge generation for advocacy and policy impact.

For more information visit http://EquatorInitiative.org


Panel (left to right): Charles McNeill, UNDP, Sean Southey, Manager, Equator Initiative, UNDP, John Herity, Biodiversity Convention Office, Environment Canada, Jos� Juarez, Director, Caf� de la Selva, David Valasco, Caf� de la Selva

Related Activities

Press Conferences:

Press Conference with Nitin Desai, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs,
and CSD Chair Valli Moosa, South African Environment Minister.

Chair Moosa expressed his satisfaction with the better than expected participation of ministers.


NGO Press Conference: Is the UN Still Relevant and Can Multilateralism and
Sustainable Development Survive in a "One Super-Power  World"?

Panel (left to right): David Hales, Stakeholder Forum (US), Tzila Katzel, IUCN (South Africa), Saradha Iyer,
Third World Network (Malaysia), and Marcelo Furtado, Greenpeace International (Brazil)

During the Press Conference, NGO representatives discussed: effectiveness of the CSD in a �uni-polar� world; government commitments made in Johannesburg and whether they will be fulfilled by the CSD; and whether the UN-nurtured partnerships contain effective criteria that help implement sustainability or whether they will become a CSD-sponsored trade fair. For more information, contact earthmedia@igc.org

Interactive Exhibit

Interactive Exhibit on the Johannesburg Summit
by the Government of South Africa

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Links to further information:  

*The UN home page for CSD-11

*ENB coverage of WSSD

*ENB coverage of previous CSD sessions
*Linkage's Portal to the Johannesburg Summit 2002

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