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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 
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April 16 - April 27     monday 23 : tuesday 24 : wednesday 25 : thursday 26 : friday 27
April 30 - May 02
CSD 10 

Highlights from Tuesday 17 April

Photo: Singers at the Tribute Ceremony to UN West Timor Staff.

Delegates continued with the Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Sustainable Energy and Transport. The morning session focused on sustainable choices for producing, distributing and consuming energy, and the afternoon session focused on private-public partnerships to achieve sustainable energy for transport.



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Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue Segment : Producing, Distributing and Consuming Energy.


Business/Industry: Emad El-Sharkawi, World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD), spoke for business and industry, outlined shortcomings of various energy technologies and said that energy efficiency should aim to reduce energy use through legislation and standards, labeling programmes, building codes and information provision.


Science: Richard Ottinger, World Conservation Union (IUCN), speaking for the scientific and technical community, underscored the need to set appropriate prices by, inter alia: phasing out subsidies to polluting and unsafe energy systems; incorporating externalities and life-cycle costs; eliminating regulatory impediments; promoting hydrogen fuel use; increasing research in carbon sequestration; supporting R&D on natural gas; and accelerating research in renewable energy technologies (RETs).


Trade Unions: Brian Kohler, Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union (Canada), stated that the impasse on the Kyoto Protocol derives from the inability to determine "when and how" to reduce the use of fossil fuels, and stressed the centrality of trade unions in resolving the impasse if the "Just Transition" policy is utilized, and called on the CSD to support a joint research effort on employment.


Local Authorities: Barbara Cansdell, Council of Maroochy Shire (Australia), gave examples of technologically and economically feasible efficient energy uses and, on behalf of local authorities, called for national standards for clean energy production and for priority investment to reduce energy demand and achieve energy efficiency.


Local Authorities: Ross Willmott, City of Leicester (United Kingdom), highlighted local government activities on issues such as energy efficiency, awareness raising, home energy surveys and energy advice centers. He urged national governments to support initiatives such as demand side management, energy codes, and purchasing policies.


NGOs: Lipalesa Sissie Matela, Environmental and Development Agency Trust, on behalf of NGOs recommended, inter alia: phasing out nuclear energy and fossil fuels in a reasonable time frame; increasing focus on energy conservation and RETs; promoting sustainable energy planning and construction; and disseminating information on minimum efficiency standards.



Side Events:

Local Energy and Transport Efficiency Strategies Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emission
Organized by the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI)

photos (left to right): Harvey Ruvin (USA), Jan Star (Australia), Ross Willmott (UK), and Claudia Sheinbaum-Pardo (Mexico), present best practices at the ICLEI side event.
Clerk of Court Harvey Ruvin, Miami-Dade County, Florida (USA) chaired the side event on local strategies to mitigate GHG emissions. Shire President Jan Star, Serpentine-Jarrahdale (Australia) presented her community's efforts to improve energy efficiency. Ross Willmott, Councillor, City of Leicester (UK) emphasized the need to engage designers, urban planners and community participation in the planning and implementation of strategies. Commissioner of the Environment, Claudia Cheinbaum-Pardo, Mexico City (Mexico) outlined the effect of transportation trends on energy consumption, and the need to strengthen municipal transportation services.


Joke Waller-Hunter, OECD.

The OECD Environmental Outlook to 2020

Joke Waller-Hunter, Director, Environment Directorate, OECD, presented the OECD's environmental outlook, environmentally sustainable transport and progress and challenges OECD countries with regard to environmental information.


Tribute Ceremony to UN West Timor Staff Killed in the Line of Duty & to a Pioneer of Sustainable Development, Mr. Warren (Chip) Lindner

The New York City Labour Chorus (above left) accompanies Naveed Hussein (above right), UNHCR, in paying respects o individuals whose lives were taken in the course of their dedicated work for humanity.

Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue: Public-Private Partnerships to Achieve Sustainable Development

Business/Industry: Arve Thorviki, World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD), described energy's relation to the three pillars of sustainable development; highlighted the widespread use of petroleum for transport; and said some fuel types are more appropriate for certain uses. He said growing demand for energy and fuel for transport in the developing world requires more sustainable and innovative transportation markets.


Science: Dr. Nakicenovic, International Council for Scientific Unions, on behalf of the scientific and technological communities, said that global mobility has been rising since the end of the industrial revolution, and that affordable and environmentally-sound mobility is essential for sustainable development. He called for a zero-emission transport system, increased support for research on sustainable energy, and new transport infrastructure and technology.


Trade Unions: Stewart Howard, The International Transport Workers Federation, speaking for trade unions: expressed concern with the privatization of rail networks and the negative aspects of the flags-of-convenience system in the maritime industry; shared examples of poor working conditions of transport workers; highlighted the close link between transport safety, work and environmental conditions; and called for international standards for safety, environment and labor.


Local Authorities: called for improvements in fuel and transportation technology and promotion of sustainable consumption.

Claudia Sheinbaum-Pardo, Commissioner of the Environment, Mexico City (Mexico)

Harvey Ruvin, Miami-Dade County (USA)


NGOs: Beatrice Schell, European Federation for Transport and Environment, suggested two ways to change the transport development trend: implementing strategies that will promote energy efficient transport; and adopting policies that will reduce transport demand.


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