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CSD-13 Intergovernmental Prep Meeting
United Nations headquarters, New York
28 February - 4 March 2005

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The CSD-13 Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM) commenced on Monday with delegates observing a moment of silence in memory of the lives lost in the recent tsunami disaster. In the morning, delegates considered procedural matters, heard reports from the UN Regional Commissions, and were presented the Secretary-General's reports on water, sanitation and human settlements. Delegates also heard presentations on the outcomes of relevant intersessional meetings and initial statements from several delegations. In the afternoon, Major Groups presented their views on policy options and possible actions on the three themes, following which an expert panel presented on policy options and possible actions for water and sanitation.

Monday, 28 February

CSD-13 Chair John Ashe [Antigua and Barbuda] introduces his vision for the IPM.

JoAnne DiSano, Director of the UN Division for Sustainable Development, presents the Secretary-General's reports on water, sanitation and human settlements.
Regional Reports

Ousmane Laye of the ECA reported on the fifth session of the African Ministers' Council on Water, and the first African Ministerial Council on Housing and Urban Development.

ECE highlighted lessons learned from a variety of regional instruments and approaches, including approaches to transboundary pollution and IWRM.

ECLAC reported on conclusions from three intersessional regional meetings, focusing on water issues.

ESCAP informed delegates that its report would be presented to CSD-13, noting delays from responding to the tsunami disaster, and preparing for the Asia Pacific Ministerial Pacific on Environment and Development.
Reports on Relevant Intersessional Meetings

Mamadou Ba, Senegal's Minister for Prevention, Public Hygeine and Sanitation.

Maria Mutagamba, Uganda's Minister for Water, Land and Environment.

María Antonia Trujillo, Spain's Minister of Housing.

Stockholm International Water Institute presents the outcomes of the World Water Week.

Morocco invites participants to the second International Forum on Partnerships for Sustainable Development.

Netherlands presents the conclusions from the FAO/Netherlands Conference on Water for Food and Ecosystems.

UNEP reports on the conclusions of the 23rd session of the UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum.
Initial Statements from Delegations

Jamaica for the G77/China

Marguy Kohnen of Luxembourg for the EU

Jonathan Margolis of the US
Major Groups


Gisbert Glaser of the International Council for Science represented the Scientific and Technological Community.

Thierry Chambolle of ICC and WBCSD spoke on behalf of Business and Industry

Lucien Royer spoke on behalf of Trade Unions.

Local Authorities

Non-Governmental Organizations


Indigenous Peoples

Matthew Cardoll spoke for Youth and Children
Expert Panel

A panel of technical experts, chaired by CSD-13 Vice Chair Dagmara Berbalk, stressed the importance of local knowledge in moving toward sanitation goals.
Side Events

Panelists of a side event on Outcomes of the Global WASH Forum

Panelists of a side event on Outcomes of the Global WASH Forum

Panelists of a side event on UN-Water
Around the IPM

Chair Ashe and Ton Boon von Ochssée of the Netherlands

Representatives of Major Groups

Byron Blake of Jamaica confers with a delegate of China.

Relevant weblinks

CSD-13 website
Provisional agenda
Programme of work
Draft organization of work
SG's reports on water, sanitation and human settlements
Notes of CSD-13 Bureau meetings

ENB's coverage of recent CSD sessions

CSD-13 briefing: 1 February 2005
CSD-13 briefing: 5 October 2004
CSD-12: 19-30 April 2004
CSD-11: 28 April to 9 May 2003