Twelfth Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-12)
United Nations Headquarters, New York | 19-30 April 2004 



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Highlights from Wednesday, 21 April

In the morning, delegates in Conference Room 1 continued discussion on the overall review on the implementation of Agenda 21, Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21, and JPOI. Delegates in Conference Room 2 discussed water, focusing on financing, and empowering stakeholders. In the afternoon, delegates in Conference Room 1 heard status reports on inter-agency coordination, partnerships, national reporting and indicators. Delegates in Conference Room 2 discussed sanitation, focusing on the status of implementation, and strategies for improving access to basic sanitation. Photo: Students visit the UN for a special event on Water, Education and Youth

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Statements: Overall Review



CSD Vice-Chair Bolus Paul Zom Lolo (Nigeria)

Kenya's intervention

Kazakhstan's intervention




Delegates from Canada (left) and Brazil (right)






Delegates from New Zealand and Nauru

South Africa's intervention (right)




Sachiko Kuwabara-Yamamoto, Executive Secretary, Basel Convention

International Federation of the Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies


Malaysia's intervention

The European Community's intervention

Thailand's intervention


Status report on request for information from CSD-11 on reports on inter-agency coordination, partnerships, national reporting and indicators



JoAnne DiSano, Director, Division for Sustainable Development, introduced the relevant documents and highlighted, inter alia, the establishment of UNWATER and UNENERGY, and its interactive partnerships database.



Belgium's intervention

Costa Rica's intervention





Iran's intervention, on behalf of the G-77/China (photo above)

Listen to the response of JoAnne DiSano, Division of Sustainable Development


Nigeria's intervention

The US intervention



UNEP's intervention

Trade Unions' intervention

Women's intervention

Cuba's intervention

Slovenia's intervention



JoAnne DiSano and  Anne Kerr, Secretariat,  respond to concerns raised by delegates




Thematic discussion on Sanitation

--Status of implementation of MDG/JPOI goals related to sanitation, from global to local levels

--Strategies for improving access to basic sanitation









Patrick Kahangire, Department of Water, Uganda, Bernando Monge, Dirección Protección Ambiente Humano, Costa Rica, and Gourisankar Ghosh, Water and Sanitation Supply Collaborative Council



Jamie Bartram, WHO




Interactive discussion on Water:

--Meeting the financing challenge for water--incentives to promote reforms and leverage resources

--Empowering stakeholders to ensure participation, in particular, women as agents of change







John Wasielewski, USAID, Thierry Chambolle, International Chamber of Commerce, Manuel Dengo, DESA, and CSD-12 Vice-Chair Bruno Stagno Ugarte, Costa Rica




Related Activities: Water, Education and Youth--organized by UNICEF, UNDESA, DPI, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NY-DEP), the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC) and Earth Child Institute



Commissioner Christopher Ward, New York, Department of Environmental Protection addresses students (left) and CSD-12 Vice-Chair Bruno Stagno Ugarte, Costa Rica, receives a book highlighting students concerns and perspectives on water and sanitation


William Yotive, Project Manager, Global Teaching and Learning Project, News and Media Division, UN Department of Public Information (left)











Vanessa Tobin, UNICEF, with students





William Yotive, UN Department of Public Information, CSD-12 Vice-Chair Bruno Stagno Ugarte, Costa Rica, Commissioner Christopher Ward, New York, Department of Environmental Protection, Gourisankar Ghosh, WSSCC, Vanessa Tobin, UNICEF, and student representatives





The Learning Center: The Institute @CSD


Radhika Lal, UNDP, during a seminar on ICT Networking Approaches and Development Solutions for Sustainable Devleopment

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Miscellaneous Photos





Ysmail Dairov, Manager of Environmental Policy Programme, and Bektas Apmatatist, Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (left)

Relevant Links

CSD-12 homepage
Official Programme
Partnerships Fair
Learning Center
Side Events
CSD-12 Documents
CSD-12 Documents

Think Pieces on Water, Sanitation and Human Settlements: These papers seek to stimulate the debate on key areas related to the current CSD session's thematic cluster.  The "think pieces" can be accessed at:

Webpage for CSD-12 Chair and Norway's Environment Minister Børge Brende:

ENB Coverage of related meetings:

CSD Briefing Note from March 22, 2004
CSD Briefing Note from February 25, 2004
CSD Briefing Note from January 23, 2004
CSD Briefing Note from October 3, 2003

ENB Coverage of the CSD-12 Regional Implementation Meetings:
UNECE First Regional Implementation Forum
15 - 16 January 2004; Geneva, Switzerland
CSD-12 Regional Implementation Meeting - ECA
8-13 December 2003; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
CSD-12 Regional Implementation Meeting - ESCAP
27-28 October 2003, Bangkok, Thailand
CSD-12 Regional Implementation Meeting - ESCWA
19-21 October 2003, Cairo, Egypt

ENB Coverage of CSD-11



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