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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 Tuesday, 24 April

Photo:Sweden (EU) with members of the G-77/China during the Drafting Group on Energy

Delegates met throughout the day in three drafting groups to consider four draft decisions. Drafting Group I met in a morning session to discuss the Chair's revised negotiation text on energy. Drafting Group II met in a morning session and discussed the revised draft decision on atmosphere, and in the afternoon completed a first reading of the draft decision on transport, while Drafting Group III met in an evening session and considered the revised draft decision on international cooperation for an enabling environment. An afternoon session to negotiate the draft decision on information for decision making and participation was cancelled to enable the G-77/China to participate in the deliberations of Drafting Group II on Transport.


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Drafting Group on Transport and Atmosphere

Drafting Group on Atmosphere in the morning session

During the morning session, a recurring theme that delegates raised was whether to include text on climate change issues that is under consideration in other fora.

The EU consulting during discussions on atmosphere

An EU proposal regarding atmospheric monitoring through a global strategy partnership will be considered in informal discussions.

Regarding general atmosphere considerations, Iran, for the G-77/China (right) supported reference to a "balance between" the pillars of sustainable development, whereas the EU, supported by Australia, Canada and Mexico, proposed a balanced "and integrated" consideration. The G-77/China opposed text proposed by the EU noting the effects of air pollution on cultural heritage. Chair Stuart recommended that this be discussed informally outside the drafting group. The G-77/China, opposed by the EU, said climate change issues are covered in another forum, thus reference to emissions should be omitted.

On Transport, Sweden, for the EU, presented several amendments and proposals on, inter alia: the polluter pays principle; elimination of environmentally harmful subsidies; inspection and maintenance schemes for vehicles; mitigation of emissions and noise from transport; design of recyclable and safe vehicles; safe infrastructure for non-motorized transport; and limiting dependence on car travel. CANADA and the US opposed text on limiting dependence on car travel. The EU also presented new subparagraphs on the use of strategic environmental and health assessments and on indicators.

David Drake, Canada

Canada and the US opposed text on limiting dependence on car travel.

Brazil opposed the EU's proposals

During a protracted discussion, a number of countries, including Algeria, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, South Africa and the US observed that the EU proposals were too prescriptive and did not take into account different circumstances among countries.

Drafting Group on Energy

Iran, for the G-77/China

The EU, opposed by the G-77/China, insisted on removing reference to the non-prescriptive nature of listed policy options. This remains bracketed. Agreement could not be reached on the compromise text relating, inter alia, to: support to market development and stability to ensure energy supply; enhancement of regional and international cooperation to assist developing countries in achieving energy for sustainable development; reference to language from Rio Principle 10 on the role of major groups in decision making; the importance of poverty eradication in developing countries and the consequent need to ensure that environmental standards do not hinder efforts to eradicate poverty; and reference to the polluter pays principle and energy taxes.

Sweden speaks with Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Iran

On encouraging the transfer of energy efficiency technologies to developing countries on favorable terms, the US, supported by G-77/China, expressed preference for the language used later in the negotiating text derived from that of Agenda 21 on technology transfer. Compromise text is to be drafted informally.

Colombia during the energy negotiations

G-77/China consulting

China speaks with Saudi Arabia after the afternoon session of the Drafting Group on Information and Decision-making was canceled


The Dashboard of Sustainability: A Measurement and Communication Tool
Organized by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Peter Hardi, IISD Director Measurements & Indicators Program, unveiled IISD's prototype for a new online application for gauging national sustainable development achievements, called the Dashboard of Sustainability, or the "Digital Dashboard". This tool was developed over a 6-year period and employs 57 measurements of environmental, social and economic indicators as outlined by the CSD, and contains data obtained from the UN Statistical Division, the World Bank, the OECD, and other international agencies. While appearing to be a simple odometer-style dashboard as one might see in front of a driver's seat, the Digital Dashboard has robust features which allow for comparative measurement of SD indicators, real-time graphic representation of data, plotting, sliding-scale forecasting capacities, with full data citations and the ability to link off to other websites' data or incorporate simple user-supplied spreadsheets to further expand its reach. The goal is to enable quick assessment of the strong and weak points of a nation's SD performance.


Peter Hardi,
Director, IISD Measurements
& Indicators Programme.
Jochen Jesinghaus,
European Commission
Joint Research Center,
Institute for Systems,
Informatics and Safety (ISIS), EU.

John O'Conner,
Consultant, OconEco, USA.

The Global Initiative on Transport Emissions (GITE)
Sponsored by the UN Division for Sustainable Development and the World Bank

Organized by Manager Robin Segal and UN DESA/DSD, the Global Initiative on Transport Emissions (GITE) side event highlighted presentations from representatives of GITE partner organisations including the Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI), the World Bank, Daimler-Chrysler, China's State Environment Protection Agency, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP).

Panelists: Kiyoyuki Minato, Japan Automobile Research Institute (JARI); George Tharakan, World Bank; Peter Hartmann, Daimler Chrysler; Koi-Nang Mak, Chief of Energy and Transport Branch, DESA; Keiko Hirato, JARI; Wang Zhija, State Environment Protection Agency, People's Republic of China; and Walter Hook, NGO Transport Caucus / Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP).


GITE is a public/private partnership for the reduction of emissions from the transport sector, which was launched at the International Roundtable on Transportation, Energy and Sustainable Development, held in Cairo in December, 1999. The objective is to promote fuel efficient, low emission vehicle technologies, reduce transport emissions through integrated land-use and transport planning, reduce motorized transport demand and expand the role of public transportation. The GITE was undertaken by the UN and the World Bank as part of CSD-9. Program focus and activities: Partnership for Vehicle and Fuel Tecnology Modernization (PVFTM) is a consortium of Strategic Business Partners comprising participating multi-national auto manufacturing and petroleum companies who are willing to enter into technology sharing arrangements with developing country industries; Small Initiatives Clearinghouse (SIC) identifies and defines small potential projects that could be implemented by private sector interests, by national governments, or by NGOs, which transfer technology or undertake other actions that reduce transport emissions; and Transport Emissions Knowledge Initiative (TEKI) works with national governments and international agencies to develop an adequate information base, assist in strengthening national institutions responsible for policy formulation, and coordinate with international agencies responsible for establishing international standards. For more information, visit

George Tharakan, World Bank, Peter Hartmann, Daimler Chrysler, Koi-Nang Mak, Chief of Energy and Transport Branch, DESA.

Keiko Hirato, JARI, Wang Zhija, State Environment Protection Agency, People's Republic of China, and Walter Hook, NGO Transport Caucus and ITDP.

Global Mapping for Sustainable Development
Organized by the government of Japan and the International Steering Committee for Global Mapping (ISCGM)

Naomasa Murakoshi, National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) discussed experience gained through the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission :

Other topics and speakers included: Global Mapping-Concept and recent progress by Yoshikazu Fakushima, Infrastructure Development Institute, Japan; and Applications of the Global Map by John A. Kelmelis, US Geological Survey, US. For more information, visit these related websites:

Briefing on the Expert Working Group on "Improving the role of government in the promotion of Environmental Management Accounting" (EMA)

Tarciscio Alvarez-Rivero, UN Division for Sustainable Development

This event highlighted the following: report on the previous three meetings of the Expert Working Group on Environmental Management Accounting; briefing on substantive advances by the Group and presentation of current workbooks; future meetings of the Group (Tokyo, 5-7 June 2001 and Bristol, UK, February 2002); and cooperation with ISO TC-207, Global Reporting Initiative, and Accountancy Standard setting bodies.

UN-Corporate Partnerships: Dangers and Opportunities on the Road to Rio +10
Sponsored by CorpWatch and Corporate Accountability Caucus

Kenny Bruno, CorpWatch, and Gemma Adaba, ICFTU

For more information, visit


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