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Thirteenth Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-13)
11-22 April 2005 | United Nations Headquarters, New York

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19 April
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Photo: CSD Chair John Ashe consults with delegates to decide on a way forward with the negotiations


Highlights from Tuesday, 19 April

On Tuesday, delegates focused on CSD-13's outcome document. In the morning, participants consulted informally and convened briefly in plenary to discuss how to proceed in negotiating the Chair's draft elements for CSD-13's outcome. As a result of these discussions, a revised Chair's negotiating text was distributed in the early afternoon, and delegates consulted within their groups to discuss the text. Parallel sessions began later in the afternoon to negotiate different sections of the text, with talks continuing in small informal groups late into the evening.

Morning Plenary
Before the morning session convenes, Chair Ashe consults with bureau members (left)
Chair Ashe consults with delegates over the way to proceed with negotiations on the Chair's text


Byron Burke, Jamaica, intervenes in the morning session (left) and CSD Vice-Chair Husniyya Mammadova wth Rol Reiland, Luxembourg (right)

ENB writer Andrey Vavilov with CSD Vice-Chair Husniyya Mammadova (left) and Richard Ballhorn, Canada, Beat Nobs, Switzerland, and Tibor Farago, Hungary
Enele Sopoaga, Tuvalu, Jonathan Margolis, US, and Elisabeth Colotte, Luxembourg
Rol Reiland, Luxembourg, and Matthew Carroll, Woodcraft Folk (a cooperative voluntary children's and young people's organization) (left) and Timothy Lattimer, US, consults with Byron Blake, Jamaica

Delegates review the revised Chairman's text

Vice-Chair Khaled Elbakly with JoAnne DiSano, Director, Division for Sustainable Development (left) and Richard Ballhorn, Canada, and Johnathan Margolis, US (right)
Negotiations began in the afternoon at 4:20 pm


Vice-Chairs Mammadova and Elbakly chaired the parallel session on the Preamble and non-thematic sections





Addressing paragraphs on non-thematic issues, the G-77/China (above) made amendments to the paragraph on ODA, including language on speeding up the Doha round of trade negotiations and debt cancellation. He also added a proviso that donors should coordinate country-level support in consultation with recipient countries. The G-77/CHINA also suggested adding text stating that countries should adopt policy options and measures in accordance with national priorities, circumstances and regulations.



Vice-Chairs Boo Nam Shin and Dagmara Berbalk chaired the parallel session on the thematic issues,

Members of the CSD Secretariat working on the text

WASH Roundtable at CSD-13: Mobilizing Women Leaders for the MDGs

Left to right: Anna Tibaijuka, Executive Director, UN-HABITAT, Buyelwa Sonjica, Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry, South Africa, Moderator Hilde Johnson, Minister of International Development, Norway, Maria Mutagamba, Minister of State for Water, Uganda, and Chair of African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW), Penelope Beckles, Minister of Public Utilities and the Environment, Trinidad and Tobago, and Martha Karua, Minister of Water and Irrigation, Kenya
Gourisankar Ghosh, Executive Director, WSSCC, Nane Annan, and June Zeitlin, Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO), with
Nane Annan addresses participants (left) and Sunita Narain, Director, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), India, and Stockholm Prize Winner 2005 (right)
Gourisankar Ghosh, Executive Director, WSSCC, Rima Salah, UNICEF, Derstin Leitner, WHO, and Mamphono Khaketla, Lesotho
The BBC Earth Report Video: "The shame that drives girls out of school"

Learning Center: Environmentally Sustainable Sanitation

This course elaborated on the management of sanitation systems, including human excreta, organic household rest products and greywater from households, and how to organize such systems with an aim to promote sustainable development. The essence of sustainable sanitation is the use of economically resilient approaches to enhance human and environmental health by encouraging hygienic management of urine and faeces, protecting water resources and the reuse of water and nutrients in local agriculture. the emphasis of hte course is on urban and peri-urban settings. Ecological sanitation (EcoSan) aims at closing hte nutrient and water loops to create ecosystem-based sanitation.

For more information, visit:

Stockholm Environment Institute
Sida (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency)

Thor-Axel Stenström, Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control

Miscellanous Photos

Left photo: Tabling information for the 4th World Water Forum to be held in Mexico City from 16-22 March, 2006 (

Right photo: Eleanor Taylor, Seed Initiative, Joseph Akinkugbe Adelegan, Global Network for Environment and Economic Development Research, and Darian Stibbe, Seed Initiative (

A walking watering can promoting monitoring and evaluation of the Millennium and Johannesburg goals on water and sanitation.
ENB team members (left) and members of the Colombian delegation with Len Good, CEO, GEF