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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                                                            >>Version française: BNT<<

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 Thursday, 19 April


Danish Environment Minister Svend Auken, Ambassador Bagher Asadi, speaking for the G-77/China, South African Minister for Environmental Affairs and Tourism Vali Moosa, and Swedish Environment Minister Kjell Larsson, speaking for the EU

Click here for photos from side events on: Energy for Sustainable Development organized by UNEP; The Integrated Global Observing Strategy Partnership: Focus on Oceans, Carbon Cycle, Water Cycle; and a UNDP book launch on "Generating Opportunities: Case Studies on Energy and Women



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High-level segment

The dias during the morning session: UNEP Executive Director, Klaus Töpfer; UNDP Assistant Administrator Zéphirin Diabré; Under Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs Nitin Desai; CSD President Beldrich Moldar, Secretariat; UNEP Governing Council President and Canadian Minister for the Environment David Anderson


Under Secretary General for Economic and Social Affairs Nitin Desai underlined that this is the first time an integrated discussion on energy is taking place at a political level within the UN.

UNEP Executive Director Klaus Töpfer noted UNEP's: preparation of the third Global Environmental Outlook; launch of a new environmental information portal; development of the Sustainable Alternative network; and its enhanced support for the IPCC.
UNDP Assistant Administrator Zéphirin Diabré, underlined the UNDP's activities relating to environment and energy, and emphasized the UNDP's commitment to the 2002 Summit.

David Anderson, UNEP Governing Council President, described the establishment of an open-ended Intergovernmental Group of Ministers on international environmental governance, noting that its work should culminate as input to the preparatory process for the World Summit on Sustainable Development.

Swedish Environment Minister Kjell Larsson, speaking for the EU, said, inter alia: highlighted the EU's commitment to the ODA target of 0.7% of GNP; called on the CSD to recognize the realities that some countries opt for nuclear energy; noted possibilities to leap-frog unsustainable and inefficient forms of energy production; called on international financing institutions to make sustainable transport a priority; and underlined the need to support CSD work on indicators for sustainable development.

Ambassador Bagher Asadi, speaking for the G-77/China, said that the negotiating text on energy presents a good basis for negotiation; underlined the need for developing country access to affordable transport; urged greater capacity building, technology transfer and financial resources; called on the IPPC to support participation of developing country experts; and expressed hope that provision be made for the Group's concerns on sustainable development indicators.

John Prescott, Deputy Prime Minister, UK, (right) speaks with Mark Hambley, US

John Prescott, UK, underlined the importance of investing in public transport systems, urged world leaders to commit themselves to attend the 2002 Summit, and called for a redoubling of efforts to make progress at the Bonn climate talks

Ambassador Mark Hambley, USA, noted an ongoing national energy policy review and said country-specific circumstances must be considered in choosing from a mix of energy and policy options.


Robert Hill,Minister for the Environment and Heritage, Australia

Chile noted developed countries unsatisfactory implementation of the Climate Change convention and, for the Rio Group, invited the US to reconsider its position on the Protocol, and expressed concern at the unprecedented growth of the ozone hole over the Southern hemisphere and transportation of nuclear waste along its coastlines. Expressing surprise at Chile's statement, Australia (left) elaborated its programmes on green house gas (GHG) emissions reduction and, whilst noting a wealth increase globally, acknowledged its inequitable distribution and government inability to influence equity, added that the challenge is how to engage markets and capital to meet needs effectively.



Satu Hassi, Minister of the Environment, Finland, said that ambitious environmental policy stimulates technological innovation, that it had attained its carbon emissions reduction targets and offered cycling, walking and public transport as transport alternatives, which cut public health expenditure.

Jürgen Tritten, German Federal Minister for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, called for the phase out of nuclear power, and highlighted the option of developing UNEP into a World Environment Organization.
Minister Jürgen Tritten speaks with members of his delegation

French Environment Minister Dominique Voynet with Danish Environment Minister (left) and with German Minister Jurgen Tritten (right)
Svend Auken, Minister of the Environment and Energy, Denmark, underlined the importance of energy conservation and renewables, and noted Denmark's achievements in decoupling energy use from economic growth while increasing jobs. He argued that nuclear energy is not compatible with sustainable development, and urged governments to ensure concrete results at the 2002 Summit.
Ambassador Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Samoa, on behalf of AOSIS, opposed use of the Clean Development Mechanism to develop nuclear energy and said the risks of climate change to their communities is vastly disproportionate.

Regarding the World Summit on Sustainable Development, Vali Moosa, Minister for Environment and Spatial Planning, South Africa, called for a focus on an assessment of, inter alia, the outcomes of the Rio decisions, the impact of globalization on sustainable development and the environment, and the polarization of wealth.
Joe Jacob, Irish Minister for the Department of Public Enterprise, said nuclear energy is unsustainable, and added that some orgaizations were using global warming concerns to relaunch nuclear energy and called for solutions at source, not at the tail end.

Pete Hodgson, Minister of Energy, New Zealand

Shen Guofang, Deputy Permanent Representative, China

T.R. Baalu, Minister for Environment and Forests, India, said nations should decide their energy policies, providing safety measures are ensured and added that subsidies are inevitable where energy access is constrained
David Syz, Secretariat of State for Economy, Switzerland, called for locally-available renewable energy resources, sustainable forms of mobility and full-cost accounting for transport, and urged CSD-9 to make a strong political statement to conclude the UNFCCC COP-6.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) (left) noted that sustainable employment and poverty reduction require investment and social dialogue; a youth representative questioned why the CSD-9 dialogue on energy has primarily focused on producing energy supply, not reducing demand.


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