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

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In the morning, delegates convened in parallel sessions to address human settlements, and to discuss integration between water and sanitation. In the afternoon, delegates discussed the inter-linkages and cross-cutting aspects of the policy options and possible actions for the three themes.

Thursday, 3 March
Human Settlements

The morning session on Human Settlements was chaired by Vice-Chair Boo Nam Shin of Republic of Korea.

Speaking for the EU, Rita Raum-Degreve of Luxembourg said the private sector should be involved as a risk-sharing partner.

Allen Lam of the US said the cost of borrowing to the poor can be alleviated by reducing the risk of lending through loan guarantees, simultaneously leveraging additional private capital.

A delegate from China highlighted that housing development can provide new opportunities for economic development.

Krista Will of Canada discussed mortgage guarantee systems.

Dorrit Alopaeus-Ståhl of Sweden supported a coherent macro-economic policy framework.

Joaquin Geronimo of the Dominican Republic described his country's experience developing indicators to monitor progress toward the MDG targets.

Michael Parkes of the United Kingdom urged support for UN-HABITAT's Slum Upgrading Facility.

Richard Muyungi of Tanzania urged support for vocational training institutions.

Sylvia Martinez of the US highlighted that property taxes can be used to finance small revolving loan funds.
Water and Sanitation

The morning session on water and sanitation was chaired by Vice-Chair Dagmara Berbalk of Germany.

Errol Grimes of Trinidad and Tobago discussed his country's experiences with water and sanitation systems.

Yumiko Crisostomo of the Marshall Islands emphasized the need for co-financing, training and appropriate technology transfer.

Noumea Simi of Samoa described programmes and experiences in her country.

Javad Amin-Mansour of Iran advocated for the participation of local communities, particularly women.

Gregoire Lomba of Gabon stressed the links between water, sanitation and human settlements.

Oleg Shamanov of the Russian Federation underscored the role of central government in integration of water and sanitation.

Thomas Knecht of Switzerland announced that his country is developing guidelines for participation of the private sector, which will be presented to CSD-13.

Eirah Gorre-Dale of the WSSCC was keen to see the ethics code they developed over the last three years included in the Swiss proposal.

Speaking for NGOs, Gaim Kebreab of Norwegian Church Aid called for the scaling-up of rainwater harvesting and micro-dams.
Plenary: Interlinkages and Cross-Cutting Issues

The afternoon plenary session on Water, Sanitation and Human Settlements: interlinkages and cross-cutting issues was chaired by CSD-13 Chair John Ashe.

Byron Blake of Jamaica, speaking for the G77/China, urged debt relief and stressed the importance of the particpation of Bretton Woods Institutions at CSD-13.

Jonathan Margolis of the US discussed the Global Water Partnership, and plans to convene a meeting on the topic at CSD-13.

Speaking for the EU, Marguy Kohnen of Luxembourg highlighted the role of UN-Water in informing intergovernmental consultations.

Alberto D'Alotto of Argentina, speaking for the Rio Group, highlighted the role of ecosystems in disaster prevention.

Tatjana von Steiger of Switzerland recommended going beyond projects targeting women as an isolated group.

Saadou Ebih Ould Mohamed El Hacen of Mauritania underscored the transversal link between the themes of water, sanitation and human settlements.

Elin Bergithe Rognlie of Norway stressed that the MDGs would not be met without counting on women.

B. Paul Lolo of Nigeria stressed the need for a follow-up mechanism for water and sanitation.

Sudhir Mital of India said addressing poverty is the overarching theme of sustainable development.

Tsepo Sepamo of Lesotho underscored that the role of government is to create an enabling environment for all stakeholders.

Jagdish Koonjul of Mauritius underscored that SIDS continue to face serious water problems, and that water issues in SIDS need to be integrated with coastal management.

A delegate from Ethiopia urged minimizing conditionalities and called for shared responsibility in partnerships.

Jennifer Moore of Canada stressed the importance of good governance, sound legal and regulatory frameworks, and stakeholder participation.

Peregrine Swann of the United Kingdom presented country-specific examples on allocation of resources to the local level.

Speaking for women's groups, Cayetana Carrión of the Women's Environment and Development Organization

Speaking for indigenous people, Priscilla Settee of the Cree nation in Canada noted the need to recognize their right to self-determination and expressed concern about market-based approaches to water.

Speaking for local authorities, Ruth Tregale of ICLEI supported national policies focusing on environmental aspects of establishing sustainable communities.

Representing farmers' groups, Esa Harmala of Finland noted that their capacity to mobilize people and resources should be utilized.
Partnership Activities

The CSD Partnerships Information Desk provided information to participants throughout the morning and afternoon sessions.

During the morning parallel sessions (left), the Water Programme for Africa and Arid and Water Scarce Zones (WPA) provided information on water management in arid areas.

During the afternoon plenary session (right), the Japan Water Forum and Northern Water Network provided information on plans to reduce loss of life due to tsunamis and other water-related disasters.

Side Event

In a midday event sponsored by the Holy See, the Most Reverend Diarmuid Martin (second from right), Archbishop of Dublin and former Permanent Observer at the UN Office in Geneva, gave a presentation of socio-ethical thought on the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development.
Around the IPM

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