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  Fifteenth Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-15)

30 April - 11 May 2007 | United Nations Headquarters, New York, United States of America


Highlights for Friday, 11 May 2007
Since key issues in the energy and climate change sections of the text remained unresolved until late on Friday afternoon, the Chair produced his compromise text which he presented to delegates on a “take it or leave it” basis. Delegations were given 45 minutes to consult and cautioned that if they rejected the text, the only outcome from CSD-15 would be a Chair’s Summary to be published a week later.


"Take it or leave it!"

The US noted that a negotiated decision text is not the only measure of success. The EU rejected the text as it neither addresses the identified challenges nor meets world expectations. The G-77/China accepted the text, but noted that the procedure followed must not set a precedent for future sessions.

Francis Nema, Zimbabwe, was elected CSD-16 Chair by secret ballot



CSD-16 Chair Francis Nema, Zimbabwe

Delegates waiting for the Chair's compromise text



Chair Al-Attiya left at 6:00 pm to catch his flight and handed the reins over to Vice-Chair Figueiredo Machado.

Delegations were given 45 minutes to consult




High-Level Segment


Mayra Janeth Mejia del Cid, Minister for Natural Resources and Environment, Honduras

A. K. Bachoo, Minister of Environment, Mauritius

Laurent Sedego, Minister of Environment, Burkina Faso

Arturo Gonzalo Aizpiri, Secretary-General for Pollution Prevention and Climate Change, Ministry of Environment, Spain
Poseci Buner, Minister for Public Service, Public Enterprise and Public Sector Reform, Fiji
Graciano Domingos, Deputy Minister, Urbanization and Environment, Angola

Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz, Ambassador and Permanent Representative, Cuba
Federico González, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, Paraguay
  K. Pulikovsky, Chairman of the Federal Environmental Industrial and Nuclear Supervision Service, Russian Federation


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