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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 Wednesday, 9 May 2007


The high-level segment began in the morning with statements by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, CSD-15 Chair Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah (Qatar) and Gro Harlem Bruntland.

Official Opening, General Assembly Hall

This was followed by official statements by ministers, and roundtables, held in parallel, focusing on industrial development and energy for sustainable development, and air pollution/atmosphere and climate change.


Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General

Gro Harlem Brundtland, UN Special Envoy for Climate Change

Malik Amin Aslam, Minister of State for Environment, Pakistan

Martin Bursik, Vice-Premier Minister of Environment, Czech Republic


Georgette Koko, Deputy Prime Minister, Gabon

Jacqueline Cramer, Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and the Environment, Netherlands
Paula Dobriansky, Under-Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, Department of State, United States

Du Ying, Vice Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission, China
Mohammed Saeed Al-Kindi, Minister of Environment and Water, United Arab Emirates
Lee Chi-Beom, Minister of Environment, Republic of Korea

Kasem Snidvongs, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand
Paavo Väyrynen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development, Finland

Turning Commitments into Action, Working Together in Partnership: interactive discussions/ official statements

Alain Edouard Traore (Burkina Faso)


Mr. Monyane Moleleki, Minister of Natural Resources, Lesotho

European Comission provided details about two of its flagship sustainable development initiatives.
United States


Raimonds Vejonis, Minister of the Environment, Latvia

Mark J. Mwandosya, Minister of State in charge of the Environment, United Republic of Tanzania
Shai Avital, Director General, Ministry of Environmental Protection, Israel

Roundtable focusing on: energy for sustainable development and industrial development

Abdalla el-Badri, OPEC, Laurent Corbier, International Chamber of Commerce, and John Holdren, Harvard University

The Roundtable was moderated by Martin Bursik, Deputy Prime-Minister and Minister of the Environment of the Czech Republic.

Roundtable focusing on: air pollution/atmosphere and climate change

Valli Moosa, Eskom Holdings Limited, Daniel Yergin, Cambridge Energy Research Associetes and Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish, OPEC Fund for International Development

The Roundtable was moderated by Chair Abdullah Bin Hamad Al-Attiyah (Qatar).

Farmers raised the issues of carbon fixing and using agriculture for fuel.
Valli Moosa called on the UN to implement energy saving measures throughout its buildings.



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