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 Tuesday, 27 April

In the morning, delegates discussed the relationship among water, sanitation and human settlements, focusing on poverty erad­ication and other cross-cutting issues. In the afternoon, CSD-12 Chair Brende presented the Chair’s Summary Part I, following which delegates made brief comments on the paper. The Partnership Fair and the Learning Center held events throughout the day. Photo: A special event at the German House to launch the call for submissions of the Seed Awards

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Discussions on the relationship among the three themes: Water, Sanitation and Human Settlements

--Poverty Eradication

--Other Cross-Cutting Issues



Margaret Catley-Carlson, Chair, Global Water Partnership, Canada

Sir Richard Jolly, Professor, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK

Pietro Garau, Professor, Co-Chair, MDG Task Force on Slum Dwellers

More questions directed to and comments from: Margaret Catley-Carlson  Sir Richard Jolly  Pietro Garau


Listen to interventions from:



South Africa


Indigenous Peoples

Business and Industry

Science and Technology

Trade Unions

Chair introduces his Summary: Part 1


Chair Børge Brende introduces the Chair's text


Below: Delegates consult before the afternoon session


Partnerships Fair: Population, Environment and Sustainable Development: ICPD at 10


The Population and Sustainability Network Partnership was launched at CSD-12, with the aim of elaborating the economic, social and environmental effects of population growth and unsustainable consumption. For more information, contact the Network Co-ordinator, Catherine Budgett-Meakin:;


Daisy Owomugasho, African Women's Economic Policy Network, Uganda (Water, Sanitation and Human Settlements and Reproductive Health), Catherine Budgett-Meakin, Coordinator of the Population and Sustainability Network, UK, and Toby Aykroyd, UK (Unsustainable population growth and its impact on economic development and the environment

Side Event: Sustainable Water and Energy Technology for Change in Developing Countries: The Potential of Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC)--organized by the Government of Mauritius for the Alliance of Small Island States

Moderator Al Binger, Director of the University of the West Indies Center for Environment and Development, Kingston Jamaica, and Panelists (in no particular order): Robert Nicholson, Sea Solar Power, Maryland, US, Harno Uehara, Saga University, Institute of Ocean Energy, Saga, Japan, Joseph Haung, US Department of Energy, Washington DC, and George Lockwood, Solar Ocean Energy, California, US

Special Event: Experiences with an Ecosystem Based Approach in Integrated Water Resources Management--organized by the Government of Japan, Ramsar and the Government of Switzerland

Tomohiro Shishime, Director of the Ground Water Office, Ministry of Environment, Japan, discusses case studies on sound water management in upstream forest, river basin wetland (left), Beat Nobs, Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape discusses the value of forests and other ecosystems in water management, Achim Steiner, Director General of IUCN moderates the event, and Peter Bridgewater, Secretary General, Ramsar Convention, discusses the importance and values of wetlands: the future of the Ramsar Convention as a major water convention

Special Event: SEED initiative: Supporting entrepreneurs for environment and development

Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, UNEP, Lord Holme, Chair, Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Development Partnerships, Felix Dodds, Executive Director, Stakeholder Forum for Our Common Future, Jürgen Trittin, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany 


Special Event: Lessons Learned from Local Leaders: Implementation of Long-Term Initiatives in a Short Term Job--organized by the World Bank

CSD Chair and Norwegian Environment Minister B�rge Brende gives an introductory statement during the side event

Ian Johnson, Vice President, Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development, World Bank, and 
Shoji Nishimoto
, Director, Bureau for Development Policy, UNDP

 Miscellaneous Photos
Major groups meeting

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 B�rge 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 - UNECA
8-13 December 2003; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
CSD-12 Regional Implementation Meeting - UNESCAP
27-28 October 2003, Bangkok, Thailand
CSD-12 Regional Implementation Meeting - UNESCWA
19-21 October 2003, Cairo, Egypt

ENB Coverage of CSD-11



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