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

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

Highlights for 
Friday, 5 May 2006

In the morning, participants took part in parallel meetings on investment in energy and industrial development, and on enhancing means of implementation through sub-regional, regional and international cooperation. In the afternoon delegates engaged in a discussion focusing on addressing energy, industrial development, air pollution, atmosphere and climate change in an integrated manner. Photo: Learning center session on climate mitigation


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Thematic Discussion: Investing in energy and industrial development: challenges and opportunities
Margo Thorning, International Council for Capital Formation (left), reviewed impediments to investment, including unstable policy frameworks and a lack of protection for intellectual property, which can hinder technology deployment . Observing uncertainties in the setting of a cap on carbon emissions, she described the Asia Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate, which has partners representing 45 percent of global emissions. CSD Vice-Chair Yvo de Boer (right) chaired the discussion.
Fatih Birol, International Energy Agency (left), said the US$17 trillion investment required to safeguard the world's energy requirement by 2020 is affordable and equivalent to one percent of global GDP. Christine Woerlen, Global Environment Fund (GEF) (right), said governments must provide reliable policy frameworks and highlighted tools to remove barriers, such as grants, subsidies, clean development funds, and extended payback periods.
France (left) said both voluntary and mandatory approaches were necessary. Delegates from Brazil listen to the panelists during the thematic session.
Uganda (left) said the energy crisis is affecting its poverty reduction strategy, and lamented weak responses from foreign investors. CSD Vice-Chair Yvo de Boer (right)
Thematic Discussion: Enhancing means of implementation through subregional, regional and international cooperation
David O'Connor, Secretariat (center), provided an overview, highlighting, inter alia, international trade and enabling conditions to attract domestic and foreign direct investment.
On facilitating regional energy initiatives, Mats Karlsson, World Bank and Chair of UN Energy (right), noted the need for an integrated and coherent multilateral approach and national-level energy sector reform.


Ravi Sawhney, UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (left), outlined regional cooperation programmes on renewable energy. Lindiwe Lusenga, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa, identified critical factors for implementing science and technology initiatives, including: access and affordability; training and qualifications, especially for youth and women; investment in research and development, including private sector support; and targeting demand-driven projects.

Highlighting the need to incorporate gender analyses in energy studies, Rani Parker, BC Synergies (left), illustrated the disadvantages endured by women and girls in their household and rural energy roles. She explained the essential role of gender and participatory analyses in identifying local needs and supporting local control, and described locally controlled hydro and solar energy initiatives, including water pumps powered by children's merry-go-rounds. Jamal Saghir, World Bank (center), outlined the Bank's work on the investment framework on clean energy, focusing on energy for development, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and observed that the power sector is particularly prone to corruption. Mats Karlsson, World Bank (right), holds up a recently released report entitled "Energy in the UN: an overview of UN energy activities.

CSD Vice-Chair Azanaw Abreha with Sangeeta Sharma, UN Secretariat
Side Event: Global Status and Outlook for Nuclear Power
Thierry Dujardin, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency, K.P. Lau, US Department of Energy, H. Holger Rogner, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and Alan McDonald, IAEA


Partnerships Fair: Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development


Ernst-Christoph Stolper, Ministry of Environment and Conservation, Agriculture and Consumer Protection of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Ester Larranaga, Basque Minister of the Environment and Land Use Planning,

Partnerships Fair: Scientific Capacity Building/Enhancement for Sustainable Development in Developing Countries (CAPaBLE)
Roland Fuchs, START International, US, Michael Glantz, National Center for Atmospheric Research, US, and Liana Bratasida, Ministry of Environment, Indonesia
Michael Glantz spoke on capacity in climate affairs and Roland Fuchs addresses capacity in earth observations
Linda Anne Stevenson, Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (left), provided an overview of CAPaBLE
Learning Center: Climate Change Mitigation
John Holdren, Harvard University
Miscellaneous Photos
Kalman Mizsei, Director of the Regional, Bureau for Europe/CIS of UNDP (second from right), delivers a keynote address during a panel discussion on "Mobilizing Environmental Finance for Sustainable Development: The MDG Carbon Facility" at the UNDP Knowledge Expo

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