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 Thursday, 22 April

In the morning, delegates in Conference Room 1 discussed sanitation, focusing on creating demand for sanitation and hygiene, and sustainable sanitation. Delegates in Conference Room 2 addressed human settlements, focusing on urban poverty, and women in human settlements development. In the afternoon, delegates in Conference Room 1 discussed human settlements, focusing on status of implementation, and housing rights and secure tenure. Delegates in Conference Room 2 addressed sanitation, focusing on financing, and reaching the poor through small entrepreneurs.

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Thematic discussions on Sanitation

--Creating a demand for sanitation and promoting hygiene through awareness raising and marketing strategies, taking into account cultural and social preferences and obstacles

--From wastewater to sustainable sanitation


Veerle Vandeweerd, Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land Based Activities, UNEP

Dato' Ir Lee Yee Cheong, President, World Federation of Engineering Organizations, Co-Chair, MDG Task Force on Science and Technology, Malaysia

Paul Reiter, Executive Director, International Water Association


Bindeshwar Pathak, Founder of Sulabh International, New Delhi, India

Peter Kolsky, Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist, World Bank






Senegal's intervention

Listen to interventions from:

Ireland, on behalf of the EU



Listen to interventions from:

Burkina Faso








Peter Kolsky, Senior Water and Sanitation Specialist, World Bank, addresses sustainable sanitation  



Interactive discussion on Human Settlements

--Slums and urban poverty--changing patterns of human settlements

--Women in human settlements development: challenge and opportunities




Grace Wanyonyi, Director of Housing, Ministry of Roads and Public Works, Kenya, Sheela Patel, Director, Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centre (SPARC), India, DESA Secretariat, CSD Vice-Chair Bolus Paul Zom Lolo (Nigeria), Secretariat, Lars Reuterswärd, Director, Global Division, UN Habitat, David Satterthwaite, Senior Fellow, Human Settlements Programme, International Instititute for Environment and Development (IIED), United Kingdom, Timothy Mahoney, Director, Poverty Reduction Office, Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade, US AID, US





Thematic Discussion on Human Settlements

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

--Housing rights and secure tenure--a prerequisite for housing the poor



 Jane Mumbi Weru, Pamoja Trust, Kenya, Miloon Kothary, Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, UNCHR, DESA Secretariat, CSD-12 Chair Børge Brende, Alexander DeBaros, Secretariat, Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director, UN Habitat, Elliot Sclar, Professor, Columbia University, Co-Chair, MDG Task Force on Slum Dwellers, Glyn Khonje, Director, Department of Physical Planning and Housing, Ministry of Local Government and Housing, Zambia







Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director, UN Habitat





Listen to presentations from:

Jane Mumbi Weru, Pamoja Trust, Kenya, gave a description of the situation in Nairobi’s Kibera slum

Miloon Kothary, Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, UNCHR

Elliot Sclar, Professor, Columbia University, Co-Chair, MDG Task Force on Slum Dwellers




Goodwill Ambassador for UN Habitat, Japan

Iwan Nur Hidayat, Indonesia (right)


Partnership Fair: Safe Water System Partnership



Side Event: Demonstration of Good Practices of the Portfolio of Water Actions--organized by the Government of Japan


Andras Szollosi-Nagy, Deputy Assistant Director General, UNESCO, Facilitator Manuel Dengo, DESA Secretariat, and Alberto Triulzi, Director of Institute for Relations between Italy and the Countries of Africa, Latin American


Professor Kuniyoshi Takeuchi, Yamanashi University

Side Event: National Strategies and Initiatives: An Analysis of Strategic Approaches to Sustainable Development--organized by the International Institute for Sustainable Development



Moderators: Harald Lossack- Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ Pilot Project Rioplus, Environmental Policy and Promotion of Strategy Processes for Sustainable Development; commissioned by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, BMZ), Lynn Berthiaume (Environment Canada)...representing The Government of Canada – Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), Department of Foreign Affairs, Canada (DFAIT), and Environment Canada

Panelists: Laszlo Pinter - IISD, Jan-Peter Schemmel, GTZ, and Tabeth Chiuta, IUCN (South Africa office)

Darren Swanson (, Research Partner, IISD, and Axel Volkery, Environmental Policy Research Center, Freie Universität of Berlin, Germany

Opening of the exhibition "Focus on Nature/People--Forests-Development and launcing of the second phase of the Equator Initiative--organized by UNDP, the Permanent Mission of Germany, the Equator Initiative, GEO-magazine, BMZ and GTZ




Miscellaneous Photos


  Netherlands Council of Women

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Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council



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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