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




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CSD11 Highlights, Tuesday, May 6th

Photo above: Working Group 2 Panel

Delegates convened in two parallel working groups in the morning and afternoon to continue negotiating the Chair’s draft decision on the future programme, organization and methods of work of the Commission. Working Group I discussed the section of the draft decision on the future organization of work, while Working Group II considered the sections on enhancing contributions of the UN system and Major Groups.


Throughout the day, participants reviewed text, paragraph by paragraph, of the draft decision projected on a large screen in the conference center.


Richard Ballhorn, DFAIT Canada


The Working Group began a second reading of the Chair’s draft decision, which had been revised in a compilation text to include delegates’ suggestions from Monday.

The G-77/ CHINA said it preferred not to overload the initial paragraphs with wording that could be included in the preamble, which has yet to be introduced. Many delegates agreed that the Norwegian reference to the CSD as a high-level forum for sustainable development should be integrated in the first paragraph, which establishes what the CSD’s organization of work should achieve. The G-77/CHINA proposed adding “as appropriate” to text proposed by the US on sharing best practices and on partnerships. However, the US objected to this.

Delegates from the US (on left) and Egypt (on right)


A new paragraph proposed by the US on the two-year work cycle was debated at length, with the EU, REPUBLIC OF KOREA, NORWAY and RUSSIAN FEDERATION opposing use of the word “action” to describe review and policy years.

The location and duration of CSD sessions were also discussed, with SWITZERLAND, CANADA and NORWAY voicing preference for them to occur “normally in New York.” Several delegations objected to the REPUBLIC OF KOREA’s proposal to restrict the CSD sessions to “not more than one week".


Working group 2 co-chairs Bruno Stagno (Costa Rica) and Irena Zubcevic (Croatia)


On Tuesday morning, delegates began discussing a compilation text incorporating delegates’ amendments from the previous day.

ENHANCING CONTRIBUTIONS OF THE UN SYSTEM: The US, supported by CANADA, proposed deleting this section on the grounds that it added nothing new and merely paraphrased the JPOI. However, the EU and G-77/CHINA insisted on its retention. In a paragraph calling on all relevant organizations, UN funds, programmes and regional commissions, and financial institutions, to be actively involved in the CSD’s work on the JPOI, the US proposed referring to paragraph 140(a) of the JPOI, which addresses similar issues. He also proposed deleting a list specifying further measures to implement the JPOI. The EU suggested referring to all of paragraph 140, rather than just 140(a).

Delegate from Mexico

    MAJOR GROUPS: Regarding the section on Major Groups, delegates agreed to shorten the title to “Enhancing Contributions of Major Groups.” On the chapeau of a paragraph deciding that contributions from Major Groups should be further enhanced through a variety of measures, the G-77/CHINA opposed a proposal supported by AUSTRALIA, the US, EU and others to broaden the reference to include “other relevant stakeholders.” There was also divergence over an EU suggestion to refer to the “practices” as well as the “rules of procedure” governing the participation of Major Groups, with JAPAN, the US, G-77/CHINA, and others opposing this addition.

G77/ China


Canadian Delegates




On the involvement of Major Groups in partnership-related and capacity building activities, MEXICO suggested that the text should refer to participation “at all levels.” The G-77/CHINA expressed concern that this language could imply involvement at a high-level. Delegates also agreed to a US proposal to mention “partnerships fairs.”



Facilitator John Ashe (second from the left, above)

An informal consultation also took place in the morning to discuss the draft decision on preparations for the international meeting on the 10-year review of implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPOA) for the sustainable development of small island developing States (SIDS).



Soren Hermansen (above left) and K. Raghavan (above right), Forum for Renewable Energy Islands


100% Renewable Energy Islands-The Forum for Renewable Energy Islands (FREI)

The main objective of this partnership/initiative, is to assist island states to meet 100% of their energy requirements form Renewable Energy Sources (RES) by helping htem with the preparation and planning, organization and all the inputs (technical, financial and managerial) required for implementation of the RES plan. By helping SIDS to use 100% RES for their energy supply, this partnership will result in: island states stopping the use of fossil fuel; meeting their energy needs from locally available renewable sources in a sustainable manner; and local manufacture of renewable energy equipment creating employment and income generation leading to poverty reduction. For more information, contact:
Soren Hermansen (Samso@sek.dk) and K. Raghavan (kr3dk@yahoo.com)

Above, left to right: Mark Radka, UNEP, and Daniel Bouille, Riso National Laboratory

  Global Network for Sustainable Development (GNESD)- A Network Facilitated by UNEP.

The GNESD is aimed at promoting sustainable development through policies and solutions that expand access for the poor to environmentally sound energy services. To accomplish this, GNESD is coordinating joint activities to share information, undertaking analytical studies and supporting policy development. For more information, visit www.gnesd.org

Peter Lidiak, American Petroleum Institute (on left, above), and Rich Kassel, NRDC (on right, above)

Clean Fuels and Vehicles Partnership- organized by UNDESA/DSD, UNEP and US EPA

The Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles aims to help reduce vehicular air pollution in developing countries through the promotion of clean fuels and vehicles, focusing initially on two priority areas: the elimination of lead in gasoline and the phase down of sulphur in diesel and gasoline fuels, concurrent with, the adoption of cleaner vehicle technologies. Partners met in New York in November 2002 to discuss and develop the implementation arrangements for the Partnership. During this meeting Partners asked UNEP to set up a Clearing-House at UNEP in Nairobi to help implement the Partnership. For more information or to join the Partnership, contact the Partnership Clearing-House:Rob de Jong (rob.jong@unep.org) or Wendy Jackson (wendy.jackson@unep.org) or visit the Partnership's website at www.unep.org/PCFV

Jane Metcalfe, US Environmental Protection Agency

c Environment Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, Uganda  

Bakary Kante, UNEP




Princeton University Task Force on Sustainable Development
, organized by the Princeton Environmental Institute
Global Forum on Sustainable Energy, organized by the Government of Austria

Left to right: Elfriede Anna More, Austrian Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Werner Druml, Austrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Ambassador Irene Freudenschuss-Reichl


For more information, go to www.gfse.at

The CSD and the GA Ad HocWorking Group on Conferences' Follow-Up, organized by the International NGO Task Group on Legal and Institutional Matters (INTGLIM) and Sustainable Development Issues Network (SDIN)

(Left to right): June Zeitlin, WEDO, Lori Henninger, Quaker UN Office, ???Croatia Vice-Chair, Nikhal Seth, UN Secretariat, DESA Policy Coordination Unit, and Bill Pace, International NGO Task Group on Legal and Institutional Matters (INTGLIM)



Andrea Lauritzen, US Department of State


The Learning Center is being introduced on an experimental basis to CSD-11 to further implementation of Agenda 21 and the WSSD Plan of Implementation. The aim of the Learning Center is to facilitate teaching/training at a practical level on various aspects of sustainable development.

Training Programme on Environmental Law: This programme provided an overview of environmental law, and addressed key areas of concern (air, water quality, solid and hazardous waste, natural resources, endangered species and regulation of toxic substances), and governance issues (the role of international, regional, national, state and local enactments and authorities). The training programme also addressed critical issues including transparency and public involvement, environmental aspects of armed conflict and energy and climate change.

Ann Powers, Pace University Law, Victor Tafur, The Pace Law School Energy Project, and Jeff Miller, Associate Dean, Environmental Law Programme, Pace University

Ann Powers, Pace University Law


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*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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