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, 28 April

CSD-12’s high-level segment opened in the morning with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan addressing the Commission. Delegates then heard opening and keynote addresses, and ministerial statements on Meeting targets, goals and timetables. In the afternoon, delegates heard two keynote addresses and ministerial statements on Creating an enabling environment. Photo: Secretary General Kofi Annan addresses the CSD during the opening of the High Level Segment 

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Opening of the High-Level Ministerial Segment

Meeting Targets, Goals and Timetables--Key Elements for Sustainable Development


UN Secretary General Kofi Annan said the recent emphasis on terrorism, weapons of mass destruction and the war in Iraq have diverted high level political attention away from sustainable development. He said action on water, sanitation, and human settlements must be undertaken at national and local levels, and should incorporate effective public administration, inclusive governance and a real commitment to equity. He stressed that without the US and the Russian Federation, the issue of climate change cannot be fully and properly addressed.  

Børge Brende, CSD Chair and Norway's Environment Minister, urged the CSD to become the “global springboard for local action.” He said the social impact caused by a lack of basic sanitation is as “shocking as HIV/AIDS, and as solvable as polio.” He said the task for the high-level segment was to: identify obsta­cles and constraints; examine best practices and lessons learnt; and conduct a review that will form a solid factual platform for decision making.

Martin Cullen, Minister for the Environment Heritage and Local Government, Ireland on behalf of the EU (left)

Yussef Hussein Kamal, Minister of Finance, Qatar, speaking on behalf of the G-77/China (center, statement in Arabic)

Jeffrey Sachs, Columbia University, Director of The Millennium Project and Special Advisor to the Secretary-General on the MDGs (right)

Listen to statements from:

Yuriko Koike, Minister of Environment, Japan (right)

Jugen Trittin, Federal Minister for the Environment and Nuclear Safety, Germany

Kwak Kyul Ho, Minister of the Environment, Republic of Korea

Listen to statements from:

Pradipto Ghosh, Secretary, Ministry of Environment and Forests, India

Alberto Diaz Lobo, Vice-President of the Republic, Honduras (in Spanish)

Denys Gauer, Ambassador for the Environment, France (in French)

Crispian Olver, Director-General, Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism

Listen to statements from:

Siv Fridleifsdottier, Minister for the Environment, Iceland (right)

Shahjahan Siraj, Minister for Environment and Forests, Bangladesh

David Kemp, Minister for Environment and Heritage, Australia

Anaelisa Osorio, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Venezuela (in Spanish)


Listen to statements from:

Paula Dobriansky, Under-Secretary for Global Affairs, US (above left)

Margaret Beckett, Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK (above right)

Ian Johnson, Vice-President and Head of Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development Network, World Bank

John Monyo, Assistant Director-General, Sustainable Development Department, FAO


UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan during a press conference

Creating an Enabling Environment at All Levels

Michel Camdessus, Governor of the Bank of France and Chair of the World Panel on Financing Water Infrastructure, Mark Malloch Brown, Administrator, UNDP, Jose Antonio Ocampo, Under Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, and CSD Chair Borge Brende

Mark Malloch Brown, Administrator, UNDP

Michel Camdessus, Governor of the Bank of France and Chair of the World Panel on Financing Water Infrastructure (bottom right)

Listen to statements from: 

David Kemp, Australian Environment Minister 

Martin Cullen, Minister for the Environment Heritage and Local Government, Ireland on behalf of the EU 

Francis Babu, Minister of State for Works, Housing and Communication, Uganda, on behalf of African Ministers

Margot Wallstrom, European Commissioner for the Environment (left)

Nandcoomar Bodha, Minsiter of Agriculture, Food Technology and Natural Resources, Mauritius (right)

Listen to statements from:

Jan-Erik Enestam, Minister of the Environment, Finland

Suwit Khunkitti, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand

Miriam Haran, Director General, Minister of Environment, Israel

Abduvokhid Karimov, Minister of Environment and Forestry, Tajikistan

Hilde F. Johnson, Minister of International Development, Norway

John Turner, Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, US

Partnership Fair: Presentation on Water Governance Partnership

Arun Kashup, UNDP, Igvar Andersson, UNDP, Maria Arce Moreira, Gender and Water Alliance, and Emilio Gabbrielli, Global Water Partnership Executive Secretary

Partnership Fair: Presentation on NRG4SD-Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development


Jef Tavernier, Minister of Environment of Flanders, Nico Banto, West Java, Indonesia, Sabin Intxaurraga, Minister of Environment, Basque Country

The Learning Center: The Institute @CSD--How to Address the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Relation to Water Management

For more information visit: for Course Resources or the CSD website

Kees Leendertse, UNDP/Cap-Net (right) fields questions and comments from participants

2005 Water Resources Alliance Initiative
Partners include UNEP, UNDP, World Bank, Global Water Partnership, UN HABITAT, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Secretary of UN Water, and UNESCO

Roberto Lenton, UN Millennium Water Task Force, Emilio Gabbrielli, Global Water Partnership, Stephen Lindtner, World Bank, Halifa Drammeh, UNEP, and Margarte Catley Carlson, Chair, Global Water Partnership (photo left) and Halifa Drammeh, UNEP and Manuel Dengo, UN DESA (right)

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 - 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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