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, 29 April

In the morning, ministers engaged in an interactive discussion with the heads of UN agencies on responding to challenges. This was followed by a discussion on releasing the energy of local entrepreneurs and partnerships. In the afternoon, delegates heard ministers and Major Groups discuss the role and contribution of Major Groups, followed by a discussion on water. The Partnership Fair and the Learning Center also held side events throughout the day.   Photo: Secretary General Kofi Annan with CSD Chair Borge Brende during the launching of Worldwatch's State of the World Report 2004; Christopher Flavin, President, Worldwatch Institute is in the background

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Ministers and Heads of Delegations: Responding to Challenges


Listen to lead off statements from:

Marina Silva, Environment Minister, Brazil

Margaret Beckett, Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, UK


Listen to statements from:

Carol Bellamy, Executive Director, UNICEF

Mark Malloch Brown, Administrator, UNDP

Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director, UN Population Fund (UNFPA)

Klaus Toepfer, UNEP Executive Director

Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director, UN HABITAT

Joke Waller Hunter, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and Ian Johnson, World Bank (left) and Len Good, GEF CEO and Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director, UN Population Fund (UNFPA)

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

Beat Nobs, Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape, Switzerland

Serge Lepeltier, Minister of Ecology and Sustainable Development, France

Len Good, GEF CEO (left) and the International Labor Organization intervenes (center)


Jose Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, and CSD Chair Borge Brende

Listen to Statements from:

Joke Waller Hunter, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Kerstin Leitner, Assistant Director General, Sustainable Development and Healthy Environments, WHO

Deputy Director General, FAO

Releasing the Energy of Entrepreneurs and Partnerships

Listen to lead off statements:

Paula Dobriansky, Under-Secretary for Global Affairs, US

Bjorn Stigson, President, World Business Council on Sustainable Development

Listen to interventions from: 

David Anderson, Canadian Environment Minister 

Ireland, on behalf of the EU 

United Kingdom




Tahir Iqbal, Minister of State for Environment, Local Government and Rural Development (right)

The Role and Contribution of Major Groups

Listen to statements from:

Youth and Children

Scientific and Technological Community

Business and Industry

Listen to statements from:



Trade Unions


Listen to statements from:

Local Authorities

Indigenous Peoples

Meeting the Basic Needs in Water, Sanitation and Human Settlements

  Listen to lead off statements from:

Alhaji Muhktar Shagari, Minister for Water Resources, Nigeria

David Kemp, Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Australia


Listen to interventions from:

Ireland, on behalf of the EU

Qatar, for the G-77/China

Marion Hobbs, Environment Minister, New Zealand


Launch of The Worldwatch Institute's State of the World 2004 Report

Kofi Annan and Borge Brende receive honors from The Worldwatch Institute; pictured with the Chairman of the Board of the Worldwatch Institute Oystein Dahle

Side Event: Policy Principles and Guidelines for Private Sector Participation in Sustainable Water and Sanitation Services--organized by the Government of Switzerland

This side event aimed to initiate the dialogue around values, principles and implementation strategies in water and sanitation partnerships with the private sector.

Klaus Topfer, UNEP Executive Director, Jose Volkmar Barragan, Vice Ministro de Vivienda y Servicios Basicos of Bolivia, Beat Nobs, wiss Agency for the Environment, Forests and Landscape, Switzerland, Martha Karua, Mister of Water Resource Management and Development, Kenya, and Sirkka Korpela, Director for Business Partnerships of UNDP

Raymond Jost, Secretaire General, Le Secreteriat international de l'eau, Ger Bergkamp, Coordinator, Water and Nature Initiative, IUCN, and Robert Martin, Programme Director, Water and Sustainable Development, WBCSD

Side Event: Water for Life: The European Union Water Partnership--organized by the European Commission

Margot Wallstrom, European Commissioner for the Environment

For more information, visit the EU Water Initiative Website:; or email:


Water, Sanitation and the Implementation of the Millennium Development Goals--Organized by UNDP and the Modern Media Initiatives for a Sustainable Future, University of Miami

Carol Bellamy, Executive Director, UNICEF, Roberto Lenton, UN Millennium Water Task Force, Kerstin Leitner, Assistant Director General, Sustainable Development and Healthy Environments, WHO, Zephirin Diabre, Associate Administrator, UNDP, and Edward Pfister, Dean, School of Communications, University of Miami

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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