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 8th

Delegates convened briefly in the afternoon to discuss the draft preamble, facilitated by Indonesia

Delegates convened in a Plenary in the afternoon for a briefing on the status of negotiations on the draft decision on the future programme, organization and methods of work of the Commission. They also met throughout the day and into the evening in two parallel working groups to finalize negotiations on their respective issues. Working Group I considered the CSD's multi-year work programme and the future organization of work, with two contact groups formed to negotiate issues concerning the Annex and the sequence of meetings. Working Group II also established two contact groups to finalize deliberations on reporting, Major Groups and SIDS, and the UN systems, the Bureau, and partnerships. As of late Thursday evening, negotiations were continuing on partnerships, the programme of work, and the organization of work.


This working group convened in the morning to establish two contact groups, which met throughout the day, and into the evening, and which addressed the programme and organization of work.

FUTURE ORGANIZATION OF WORK: This contact group, chaired by Richard Ballhorn (Canada), met in the morning, afternoon and evening to negotiate elements in the future programme of work relating to the purpose, outcomes and scheduling of meetings in the multi-year cycle of work.
Consensus was reached on holding an Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting to discuss policy options and possible action, as well as to prepare input for the “Policy Session.”


Photo (on far right): JoAnne Disano Director, Division for Sustainable Development


PROGRAMME OF WORK: This contact group, which was chaired by Hossein Moeini (Iran), took up the Co-Chair's text distributed on Wednesday, and exchanged views on: the general approach; number of themes in each cycle; criteria for theme selection; the balance between focus and comprehensiveness when selecting themes; linkages between themes; specific themes for the first two cycles; and the special review cycle.

As of late Thursday evening, negotiations were ongoing.
Delegates from the EU & US


Delegates consulting after the meeting

Andrey Vasiliev CSD Secretariat confers with US delegates




Delegates in working group 2 consider the draft text

Delegate from Pakistan



Working group II continued negotiating the Chair's draft decision, and also took up draft decisions on NGO accreditation and on SIDS, with the aim of completing work on all outstanding decisions. While the group successfully completed much of its work, by late Thursday evening a number of paragraphs in the Chair's draft decision remained unresolved.

REPORTING: On a paragraph proposed by the G-77/CHINA encouraging further work on indicators for sustainable development by countries at the national level, delegates agreed to use the exact language agreed in JPOI paragraph 130, which notes the integration of gender aspects, the voluntary basis of work, and national conditions and priorities.

Delegates from the European Union


MAJOR GROUPS: Delegates discussed at length a paragraph deciding to enhance contributions from Major Groups through a variety of measures. The G-77/CHINA rejected additional proposals by several other countries to refer to scientists, educators, and other stakeholders.
After extensive discussions, a subparagraph promoting more active involvement of Major Groups in implementation was approved, with the inclusion of "other relevant stakeholders," as proposed by the EU and AUSTRALIA. However, as part of this agreement, the EU, US and others acceded to a request by the G-77/CHINA to delete a paragraph specifying constituencies/stakeholders, such as disabled persons, consumer groups, educators, parliamentarians, media, and the elderly.

Working group 2 Panel members

Working group 2 participants at work


On Thursday afternoon, delegates met in plenary to hear briefings from the co-chairs of the working groups on the status of negotiations. Noting progress made so far, CSD-11 Chair Moosa urged participants to strive to conclude their work on all outstanding paragraphs.


Photo (left to right): Working Group 2 Co-chair Bruno Stagno (Costa Rica); Working Group 1 Co-chair Nadine Gouzee (Belgium)

CSD 11 Chair Valli Moosa (at right, in photo above)c 

After plenary, delegates formed groups to discuss specific issues

Participants in the plenary (last two at right, respectively): ENB's Kimo Goree and Chris Spence



Partnership for Clean Indoor Air

Photo (left to right): Elissa Feldman, Associate Director, Indoor Environments Division, EPA, Elizabeth Cotsworth, EPA, and Brenda Doroski, EPA


Elizabeth Cotsworth, EPA, speaking to participants

  This partnership will address the serious health effects associated with elevated indoor levels of smoke from cooking and heating practices, and will bring together governments, industry and NGOs to implement these efforts. The Partnership will aspire to halving mortality related to indoor air pollution in targeted areas. Partners will work together to: obtain formal commitments from, and develop action plans with, key sectors; develop culturally appropriate training and other public outreach materials; identify in-country industry and other NGO partners to participate in implementation activities; and identify lessons learned from past efforts. The Partnership will focus on four core dimensions to the problem: social/behavioral barriers; market development; technology design; and health effects research. For more information, contact: Elissa Feldman (feldman.elissa@epa.gov) or Brenda Doroski (doroski.brenda@epa.gov)

Transfrontier Conservation Area and Tourism: Okavango Upper Zambezi International Tourism Spatial Development Initiative

This partnership is lead by SADC, and the Regional Tourism Organization for Southern Africa (RETOSA), together with departments of tourism and/or wildlife in participating partnership countries. The Expanded OUZIT Project is an integrated tourism development strategy aimed at establishing a comprehensive tourism and resource development zone in SADC.

  Partnerships Fair Wrap Up

A wrap up session for participants to express their views on the Partnership Fair was held was facilitated by Federica Pietracci, Secretariat. She said that 70 requests were received for the Partnership Fair, while around 50 ended up making presentations, as the partnerships had to either be existing or proposed to be reviewed against the Bali Guiding Principles. Participants were pleased that the Partnership Fair was organized for CSD-11. Some of the recommendations for future partnership fairs included: extending partnership events so that they do not all run in parallel with negotiations, in order to allow for more government participation; having displays in the corridors so delegates could look around when having a cup of coffee or passing by; having a clearer thematic focus, possibly with a high level panel; making more time for informal discussions; and conveying the information from the partnerships on the web, with power point presentations, PDF files and summaries of events. One participant suggested that for CSD-12 the first week could focus on water projects. She also commented that of the partnerships did not make enough of a link to the JPOI and the targets, which the partnerships are trying to achieve.

Photo: Ken Small, Development
Bank of Southern Africa


Facilitators of the Partnerships Fair Wrap Up Federica
Pietracci (above left) and Mita Sen (above right), UN DESA

Global Partnership for Capacity Building to Implement the Globally Harmonized System for Chemical Classification and Labelling (GHS)-organized by UNITAR, ILO and OECD

The goal of the WSSD GHS Partnership is to mobilize support and catalyze partnerships for concrete activities at the global, regional and national levels to strengthen capacities in developing countries in transition towards effective implementation of the GHS for industrial chemicals, agricultural chemicals, chemicals in transport and consumer chemicals. In the medium- and long-term, the Partnership is expected to lead to a decrease in environmental and human health related effects attributable to the use of hazardous chemicals. For more information, visit: www.unitar.org/cwm

Photo (left to right): Craig Boljkovac, Chemicals and Waste Management, UNITAR, Franz Perrez, Switzerland, Mathias Daka, Zambia, and Birgit Engelhardt, ICCA

Craig Boljkovac


Renewable Energy Technology Diffusion
- a presentation organized by E7 and UNDESA

Photo (panel participants, from left to right): John Harper, e7 Technology Diffusion Working Group Chair; Kui-Nang Mak, Chief, Energy and Transport Branch, UNDESA; Christian Stoffaes, Electricite de France; Nitin Desai, United Nations Under-Secretay-General for Economic and Social Affairs; Dale Heydlauff, e77 Sherpa Committee Chair; Helen Howes, Ontario Power Generation; Andrew Mitchell, Scottish Power; John Easton, EEI

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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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