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9th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development
16-27 April, New York

PrepCom for the World Summit on Sustainable Development
30 April-2 May, New York                                                            
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New York, USA
CSD 9 
  monday 16 : tuesday 17 : wednesday 18 : thursday 19 : friday 20 :
April 16 - April 27     monday 23 : tuesday 24 : wednesday 25 : thursday 26 : friday 27
April 30 - May 02
CSD 10 

Highlights from Monday 16 April

Photo: CSD-9 Chair Bedrich Moldan (Czech Republic) calls to order the 9th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development

The ninth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-9) opened at UN Headquarters in New York. During a brief morning session, delegates heard opening statements, elected memebers of the bureau and considered the agenda and organizational matters. Delegates also heard reports of the CSD intersessional working groups and the Open-Ended expert Group Meetings on Energy and Sustainable Development. The afternoon session was dedicated to the first Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on achieving equitable access to sustainable development.



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Nitin Desai, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, highlighted the theme of energy, an area in which the CSD had added value to the work of the UN. He said: CSD-9 is the first UN meeting where energy is being discussed as a sectoral issue; that energy needs of populations and access to energy should be addressed as priorities, including by the CSD; and, noting that many concerns about the availability of sustainable development resources are linked to energy, suggested merging the CSD agenda with that of poverty eradication. He said health impacts, financing, technology transfer, institutional issues of implementation, stakeholder involvement, and ethics of global responsibility should be addressed, which would mean CSD-9 could be a template for addressing global concerns in other areas.
CSD-9 Chair Bedrich Moldan (Czech Republic) opened CSD-9, underscored the role of the CSD in monitoring progress and achievements toward sustainable development, and said he expected the World Summit on Sustainable Development in 2002 to be discussed during the High-level Segment.

The report of the Second Session of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Energy and Sustainable Development (E/CN.17/2001/15) was presented by Irene Freudenschuss-Reichl (Austria), Co-Chair of the Group. She said there is no hope that internationally-agreed development targets can be met if there is no progress on access to energy. Co-Chair Mohammad Reza Salamat (Iran) noted that while the group had managed to agree on many paragraphs in the negotiated text, they had failed to reach agreement on text relating to nuclear energy technologies, international cooperation, and the function of markets. Bracketed text on these issues has been transmitted to CSD-9.

Co-Chair Irene Freudenschuss-Reichl (Austria)

Co-Chair Mohammad Reza Salamat (Iran)

CSD-9 Chair Bedrich Moldan with the Co-Chairs of the Energy Group (left) and with JoAnne DiSano, Director, Division for Sustainable Development (right)


Photos: Kimo Goree, Managing Editor, ENB, speaking with Bremley Lyngdoh, Columbia University graduate student before the morning session begins (left); and Nitin Desai (right)


Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue Segment on Energy and Transport: Achieving Equitable Access to Sustainable Energy

Business: Jim Adam, World Energy Council, speaking on behalf of industry, emphasized the need for greater energy access, availability and acceptability, and urged actions relating to, inter alia, reforming markets, reducing political risk and improving energy efficiency.


Science: R.K. Pachauri, Tata Energy Institute, India, speaking for the scientific and technical community, urged the phasing-out of subsidies, underlined the value of decentralized energy and the need to build local institutional capacity, and expressed concern with the decline of support for research and development.


Trade Unions: Mamounata Cisse, International Confederation of Free Trade Unions, emphasized the need for greater worker participation in energy production decisions, called for ratification of ILO Convention 155 on worker health, highlighted concerns with transport-related accidents, and urged greater support for research into the employment implications of the transition to sustainable energy.

Local Authories: Councilor Parks Tau, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives' Delegation of Local Authorities, Johannesburg (left) and Mayor Cesar Maia, Rio de Janeiro, speaking for local authorities, noted that the poor often lack access to commercial energy, and urged greater investment in renewable and cleaner energy and in energy efficiency.


NGOs: Shanthi Sachithanandam, Christian Aid, speaking for NGOs, urged governments to: immediately phase-out nuclear energy; place a moratorium on the extraction of fossil fuels from environmentally-sensitive areas; impose a carbon-based fuel tax; and cease building large-scale dams. She advocated the creation of a new UN agency to promote renewable and sustainable energy.


The Plenary Hall during the Multi-stakeholder Dialogue


Side Events: Clean Energy Technologies: Solutions to Economic Environmental and Sustainable Development Challenges: Business Perspectives on Climate Solutions Organized by the Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE)



Photo: John Palmisano, Managing Director, Evolution Markets

Scott Sklar, President, The Stella Group


Side Events: Indigenous Peoples Energy and Atmosphere Organized by the Indigenous Peoples' International Centre for Policy Research and Education (Tebtebba Foundation) and International Indian Treaty Council

Sarah James, International Indian Treaty Council, Moises Gutierrez, Bolivia, Taypi Ceque, and Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, Tebtebba. Speakers highlighted overarching issues such as damages to indigenous lands as well as human rights and collective rights issues, and religious and spiritual rights issues. They advocated a more conservation oriented approach to sustainable development. Speakers also highlighted the negative impacts of climate change on indigenous people and indigenous lands, such as the peeling of icecaps in the Arctic. She also highlighted indigenous participation in the climate change negotiations.

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