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

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

Highlights for 
Wednesday, 3 May 2006

On Wednesday, participants addressed implementation in the Latin American and Caribbean region and engaged in a multi-stakeholder dialogue on the role of major groups in implementation, including education, information dissemination, know-how and partnerships. Throughout the day, they also engaged in interactive thematic discussions, focusing on meeting the growing need for energy services and energy efficiency . Photo: Major Groups during the Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue


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Regional Discussions: Latin America and the Caribbean
Sergio Sanchez, World Bank, Marianne Schaper, ECLAC, and CSD Vice-Chair Adrian Fernandez Bramauntz. Reviewing the regional implementation meeting, Chair Fernandez highlighted renewables and clean technology. Marianne Schaper, ECLAC (center), noted that environmental problems require economic and social solutions.
Sergio Sanchez, World Bank (left), reviewed the progress of the Clean Air Initiative, and announced that a conference on urban transport would be held in Sao Paulo in July. Leida Mercado, UNDP (right), described the Carbon Fund and national initiatives, such as Brazil 's “Light for All.”
Multi-Stakeholer Dialogue
Sheila Oparaocha, ENERGIA, speaking on behalf of Women, cited the links between gender, equity and development, citing the potential for women to adopt energy entrepreneur roles.
Emilio D'Alessio, ICLEI, speaking for Local Authorities (center), called for national-level support for their GHG mitigation role through, inter alia , decentralised energy infrastructure.

Thomas Rosswall, International Council for Science, speaking on behalf of the Scientific and Technological Community (left), supported nuclear power while noting the need to address waste disposal, safety and proliferation. An NGO representative (center) highlighted the UN Decade for Education for Sustainable Development.
Tom Goldtooth, Indigenous Peoples, Sarala Gopalan, Farmers, and Norine Kennedy, Business and Industry

Tim Secord, United Transportation Union, speaking on behalf of Workers and Trade Unions (left), said gaps in industrial planning made attaining other goals unlikely and urged more participatory for employees in the workplace. Responding to a question from the Third World Network on facilitating access by the poor to medicines to poor people, Michael Hodin, Pfizer, Inc, US delegation, said there were two ways to address the issue raised by NGOs. One approach being intellectual property rights and patents, and the second approach, building the infrastructure, particularly where the poor are not receiving medicines. He cited a Pfizer partnership on wellness and health and described the work of the Infectious Diseases Initiative in Uganda, a state-of-the-art regional training and diagnostic centre for the treatment of HIV-AIDS and other conditions.

A youth represenatative (right) reviewed a partnership approach to a small-scale hydro project in Nepal.

Thematic Discussions: Meeting growing needs for energy services through increased use of renewable energy, greater reliance on advanced energy technologies, including advanced and fossil fuel technologies



Juergen Trittin, German Bundestag (right), stressed access to energy, focusing on renewable energy as a solution for rural areas.
Yona Siderer, Hebrew University (left), stressed investment, regulation, and reform of conventional energy pricing. Noting barriers to renewable energy technology, Hiroshi Komiyama, University of Tokyo (center), underlined the need for commitment to reform. Suani Teixeira Coelho, Sao Paulo State, emphasized a lack of information, economic sustainability, and political and institutional capacity.
To encourage take-up of renewable energy technologies, Daniel Theuri, Practical Action, advocated local capacity building, market initiatives and financing.
Second panel on meeting growing needs for energy services through increased use of renewable energy, greater reliance on advanced energy technologies, including advanced and fossil fuel technologies
Robert Dixon, International Energy Agency (left), stressed the contribution of all energy sources to sustainable development, and looked favorably on carbon capture and sequestration. Hisham Al-Khatib, Jordan Regulatory Commission (right), emphasized the potential of high temperature technologies.

Vincent Kitio, UN-Habitat (right), discussed how local action can help reduce urban air pollution.

Thematic Discussions: Enhancing energy efficiency to address air pollution, atmospheric pollution, combat climate change, and promote industrial development

Diego Arjona Arguelles, National Commission for Energy Conservation, Mexico (right), reviewed efforts in the transport sector, encouraging correct tire pressures on heavy trucks and regulatory approaches to commercial building and lighting standards.


Maria Elena Sierra Galindo, Energy Secretariat, Mexico (left), discussed the deployment of more efficient and cleaner technology, highlighting the importance of an enabling environment and noting barriers raised by political risk, lack of technical knowledge and of public awareness. Francois-Regis Mouton, World Bank (center), reviewed the issue of gas flaring which currently emits the equivalent of 30% of European (25% of US) emissions and reviewed efforts of the Global Gas Flaring Reduction Coalition to promote reductions. Walter Hook, Institute for Transportation Development Policy (ITDP) (right), underlined the energy efficiency of walking and cycling, while acknowledging that these modes can be difficult in many cities.

Miscellaneous Photos
Side event: Myths and Realities: Nuclear Power, Climate Change and the Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (see ENB on the Side for more details)
Steve Sawyer, Greenpeace

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