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8th Meeting of the Commission on Sustainable Development
New York, USA; 24 April - 05 May, 2000
| Monday 24 | Tuesday 25 | Wednesday 26 | Thursday 27Friday 28 |
| Monday 01 | Tuesday 02 | Wednesday 03 | Thursday 04 | Friday 05 |

| Lundi 24 | Mardi 25 | Mercredi 26 | Jeudi 27 | Vendredi 28 |
| Lundi 01 | Mardi 02 | Mercredi 03 | Jeudi 04 | Vendredi 05 |

Monday, 24 April 2000

Le Président de la CDD-8, Juan Mayr (à droite) a ouvert la Huitième Session de la CDD.

Le matin, les délégués ont entendu des déclarations introductives, les présentations des Groupes de Travail Intérimaires et les résultats des réunions intersessions ayant trait à la CDD-8. L'après-midi, ils ont participé à un débat avec les principaux concernés sur l'Agriculture. Dans la soirée, les délégués ont pris part à un débat avec les principaux concernés sur les Meilleures Pratiques en matière de Gestion des Ressources Foncières.

Photo: Nitin Desai, Sous-Secrétaire Général de l'ONU chargé des Affaires Economiques et Sociales et le Président de la CDD-8 et Ministre Colombien de l'Environnement, Juan Mayr Maldonado

Pour le Programme de travail et des activités de la CDD-8, prière visiter le site web UN-CSD au : http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/csd8/csd8pow.pdf 

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CSD Chair Juan Mayr outlines the generalities of the CSD's accomplishments over the past year, outlines the agenda for CSD-8, and congratulates the Vice-Chair on his appointment.

Nitin Desai, Undersecretary General for Economic and Social Affairs refocusses attention to 4 primary aspects of the CSD : (a) Land & Agriculture; (b) Finance; (c) the Intergovernmental Forum on Forests (IFF); and (d) preparations for the Rio+10 meeting of UNCED in 2002. 

CSD Vice-Chairs Patrick McDonnell (Ireland) and Choi Seok-young (Republic of Korea) reported on the results of the Ad Hoc Intersessional Working Groups

Intersessional Meetings related to CSD-8


Australia (left)

Professor Don Grant, Surveyor General, Australia (right) reported on workshops conducted to address to better define relationships between land administration and resource management. Some issues considered for the future land admin systems, dynamic humankind relationships, tenure land administration, and re-engineering administrative systems.

For further information, visit the Declaration Position Papers Discussion Program at www.geom.unimelb.edu.au/UNConf99

Switzerland (left) and the Netherlands (right)


Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Agriculture
Statements from the Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Choices in agricultural production techniques, consumption patterns and safety regulations: potential threats to sustainable agriculture
Radha Ranganathan (Germany) represented Industry interests by underscoring the involvement of all stakeholders as crucial to success, and that industry stands ready as a cooperative partner.
Netty Wiebe (Canada) of the Canadian National Farmers Union represented Farmer interests by describing how millions of peasants and small scale farmers around the world are not only essential to the world’s feed, but the world’s sustainable agriculture.  She underscored the necessity for equitable land reforms, a reorientation of perspective towards the centrality of farming in world economies, and the dangers of commercial interests as they pertained to the proliferation of genetically modified organisms.
Mr. Lois Anderson, General Secretary of the Inter-American Regional Organization of Workers represented Trade Unions.  Anderson urged the CSD to keep this dialogue as broad as possible to stay in keeping with Agenda 21, while keeping the under-represented interests of often-exploited farm labourers in mind.
Thomas Forster, Co-Director, International Partners for Sustainable Agriculture represented NGOs and called for an Ad Hoc Multi-stakeholder group to focus attention on social, gender, ecological issues. Among several recommendations was the request for the CSD to support the transition from industrial agriculture to sustainable agriculture, calling for the elimination of pesticides (POPs)and a moratorium based on the precautionary principle as outlined in the recently adopted Cartagena Protocol.
Bolivia, speaking on behalf of the G-77/China, gave a developing country perspective
Laurens-Jan Brinkhorst, Minister of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries, the Netherlands (right) gave a developed country perspective

Greenpeace USA : consumers need more access and transparency in the process of food production because the labeling of GMOs has been insufficient thus far.

Prof M.D. Nanjundaswamy of the Karnataka Farmers' Movement : until academics/scientists come to some kind of agreement or uniform opinion, there should be a moratorium on the use of GMO seeds.

Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Best practices in land resource management to achieve sustainable food cycles






ENB Summary of Ad Hoc Open-ended Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Energy and Sustainable Development
CSD-8 Intersessionals
Linkages CSD page
UN - CSD website with official documents 
ENB's "Introduction to CSD"

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