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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, 1 May

Photo: Day of Indigenous People: Lessons learned from innovative and meaningful participatory mechanisms

Delegates to the Commission on Sustainable Development met in three Drafting Groups throughout the day. Drafting Group I discussed integrated land management in the morning and agriculture in the evening. Drafting Group II addressed finance, trade, investment and economic growth in the morning and afternoon. Drafting Group III discussed Rio+10 and the draft decision of the Intergovernmental Forum on Forests (IFF) in the afternoon. A panel on indigenous people and lessons learned from innovative and meaningful participatory mechanisms was convened in the evening. Drafting Groups I and II completed an initial read through of the documents as contained in the Report of the Ad Hoc Inter-sessional Working Group.

NEW!! Click here for RealAudio of UNEP High-Level Panel on MEAs and Trade, including statements from UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer, Danish Environment Minister Svend Auker, US Under-Secretary of State Frank Loy, and John Erick Sorenson, WTO Trade and Environment Division

Click here for the following side events:

  • Presentation of final NGO/IPO report on IPF Monitoring Project. Organized by the Global Forest Policy Project
  • Aarhus Convention. Organized by the Norwegian Forum for Environment and Development.
  • Use of biological resources. Organized by UNED-UK.
  • UNEP Web Forum for Sustainable Agri-Food Production and Consumption.
  • Photos from the IISD reception.

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Drafting Group on Preparations for Rio+10, the outcome of the Intergovernmental Forum on Forests and other matters
JoAnne DiSano, Director, Division for Sustainable Development, Chair Zvetolyub Basmajiev, Bulgaria, and Andrey Vasilyev, Secretariat
Drafting Group 3 Chair Zvetolyub Basmajiev (Bulgaria)
Julio Mascarenhas, (Portugal), on behalf of the European Union (EU) reaffirmed its views on the preparations for Rio+10 : the summit must be a high-level political meeting with participation of Heads of State, it should take place in a developing country, with representatives from civil society including major NGOs, the scientific community, business/industry, and youth. The meeting should not re-negotiate Agenda 21 and the Rio Declaration, but should be an assessment of implementation, and future challenges. The summit should allow governments to renew their support and result in an action-oriented political commitment. Suggestions for topics included sustainable consumption patterns, environment and security, the need to reverse decline in natural resources, and strengthening of institutional frameworks for participation at all levels. The EU also supported the establishment of a trust fund to ensure the full participation of developing countries.

Ositadinma Anaedu, (Nigeria), on behalf of G-77/China recommended that governments should undertake national reviews immediately, and that the Secretary General’s report for 2002 should include views expressed at last week’s High Level Segment. Rio+10 should be held at summit level in a developing country and that CSD-10 should be an open-ended committee to review Agenda 21 at regional and international levels, and should develop a trust fund to provide for the participation of all developing countries in the preparatory process, and facilitate the 10 year review.

Regarding the IFF outcomes, Dick Balhorn, (Canada) noted that there is no mention of how the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) is to be linked to the UN system. Brazil suggested informal consultations to discuss the UNFF location.
Barbara Briglia Tavora, (Brazil) concurred that the preparatory process to Rio+10 must be transparent, and must include provisions to allow all UN members to participate. Discussions about topics should take place during the GA, and planning should begin as soon as possible. Questions about finances were raised about the budgetary structure planned for Rio+10 to provide some idea as to parameters for planning Rio+10. Furthermore, Brazil inquired as to the possibility of holding CSD-10 in 2001. The President was then requested to provide this information by directing inquiry to the Secretariat on behalf of members.

Drafting Group on Financial Resources and Mechanisms and on Economic Growth, Trade and Investment

CSD Vice-Chair and Chair of the finance and trade drafting group, Choi Seok-young (Republic of Korea)

Drafting Group II, chaired by Choi Seok-young (Republic of Korea), considered the Report of the Ad Hoc Inter-sessional Working Group on Financial Resources and Mechanisms and on Economic Growth, Trade and Investment (E/CN.17/2000/10).

Day of Indigenous People
This panel addressed the following questions: How does governance relate to successful participatory models? How does participation affect land rights? How does participation work at the international level and how does it affect the intergovernmental processes? How does can the work of the CSD benefit from these consultative mechanisms?  The experiences shared by panel members crossed all sectors, and provided case-studies as to successes and lessons learned.


Terry Fenge (Canada), Director of Research, Inuit Circumpolar Conference outlined the structure, functioning, and potential of this international forum. The Inuit Circumpolar Conference and its Arctic Council is a high-level international forum which guarantees participation and access of indigenous populations alongside international organizations, civil society, and the UN. While the council focusses primarily on Arctic environmental issues, it seeks to broaden and deepen its responsibilities to include socio-economic mandates as they pertain to hunting, fishing, trapping, and herding economies of northern indigenous peoples, capacity building, technology transfer, and tele-medicine. Its aboriginal SD agenda includes resource management, economic generation, wildlife harvesting, and land rights. Emphasis is placed on the importance of indigenous peoples and their specialized knowledge with four groups maintaining Permanent Participation status.

Zoila Giron, (USA) ISP Project Manager, Unit for Sustainable Development and Environment, Organization of American States (OAS).
Carol Kalafatic, International Indian Treaty Council, moderated the presentations and summarized points made during the discussion :
  • Over 80% of the earth's biodiversity is located in the habitats of indigenous peoples.

  • Self-sufficiency is a primary goal

  • Networking and collaboration among indigenous peoples are needed.

  • Full-involvement of target communities in international fora will facilitate empowerment.

  • Self-determination and push for rights should not be perceived as a threat to national sovereignty or indicative of a secession movements - self-determination and participation is a right of all peoples.

Kent Clement Nnadozie, (Nigeria) Bioresources Development and Conservation Programme, reported on the dynamics where there is a range of ethnicity within local indigenous populations, competing with public-sector and private-industrial interests in resource extraction on territorial lands.  Nnadozie supported the use of participatory rural assessments (PRA) to facilitate actively learning, investment of communities, encouraging the sense of local ownership, and engaging personal investment of all parties to ensure success.
Vicky Tauli-Corpuz (Philippines), TEBTEBBA (Foundation Asian Indigenous Women's Network) described the process in the establishment of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations to develop minimum standards for the protection of indigenous peoples� rights. With the success of UNCED, many opportunities presented themselves within the UN system for cross-sectoral indigenous participation, albeit at a relatively low level of the UN hierarchy. The Working Group continues to stress the importance of indigenous peoples� rights, and the need for the Working Group to find a permanent home within the UN since its products have been readily incorporated by some national governments as a framework charter of indigenous rights.

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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