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Fourteenth Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-14)

1-12 May 2006 | United Nations Headquarters, New York

Highlights for 
Wednesday, 10 May 2006

The high-level segment opened in the morning with a statement by UN Secretary-General, Kofi Annan. This was followed by a panel-led discussion between ministers, business leaders and representatives of international financial institutions. In the afternoon, the Director General of the World Trade Organization, Pascal Lamy, delivered a statement by video link at the beginning of a high-level discussion on barriers and constraints in the context of addressing the thematic cluster on "The Way Forward.". Photo: UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan addresses the CSD



Opening of the High-Level Segment

Making a Difference: Ministerial dialogue with business leaders




Du Ying, Vice Chairman of National Development and Reform Commission, China, said the gaps in wealth between countries and regions are growing, especially between North and South. He called for an enabling model of economic development, and noted China 's continuing efforts to create a conducive investment climate.


Valli Moosa, ESKOM (left), noted that the private sector can contribute to energy access if market incentives are created for large industrial electricity users, with a view to enabling the poor to benefit from infrastructure development. Abdullah bin Hamad Al-Attiyah, Second Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Industry, Qatar (right center), described the role of his country's oil and gas partnership activities, including their contribution to GHG mitigation through natural gas conversion.
Travis Engen, World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD), underlined that business is the engine of change and the global relationship between energy and climate change.
Ministerial dialogue on the “The Way Forward”

Georgette Kok, Vice Prime Minister in charge of the Environment, Protection of Nature, Research and Technology (left), said said poverty reduction is central to its sustainable development and investment strategies, and noted its phase-out of leaded gasoline. Onkokame Mokaila, Minister of the Environment, Wildlife and Tourism, Botswana, for the Southern African Development Community (right), highlighted a

Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan and the Southern African Power Pool.


Pascal Lamy, Director-General, World Trade Organization (by video link) (right), said the harm done to the environment must begin to feature as a “cost” in international trade transactions. He added that the WTO will gradually address export restrictions and quotas applied to trade in energy, negotiations on liberalization of environmental goods and services could impact positively on energy, and there are proposals to lower barriers to trade in renewable energy technologies.

Ian Campbell, Minister for the Environment, Australia (left), called for a “hybrid world” based on a mix of effective energy solutions. Underlining the need to decouple energy demand and environmental degradation, Dick Roche, Minister for Environment, Ireland (right), said the take-up of renewables cannot be left to business and that intergovernmental cooperation must set objectives.
Valerie Brachya, Senior Deputy Director General for Policy and Planning, Ministry of the Environment, Israel (left), described solar energy initiatives in construction in her country.
Miscellaneous Photos


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