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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, 26 April

Informal negotiations were held throughout the day; above photo of the EU consulting on G-77/China proposals on transport

A day before concluding its work, the Commission conducted its work mostly in informal consultations. Brief morning sessions of the Drafting Groups discussing transport and international cooperation for an enabling environment were followed by an informal-informal consultation on nuclear energy in the afternoon. The Drafting Group on Atmosphere also met in the afternoon. The Drafting Group on transport reconvened in an early evening session. An evening meeting of the Drafting Group on energy failed to take place after some delegations indicated informally that they were not prepared to negotiate due to a misunderstanding regarding what had been agreed to in some of the informal consultations held earlier in the day.


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The DESA Secretariat

Gustavo Ainchil (Argentina) facilitated the contact group on nuclear energy

Delegates agreed to bracket reference to: nuclear proliferation; the "transboundary consequences" of nuclear energy; and the G-77/China's proposal on promoting international cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy, as well as their suggestion that countries using nuclear energy consider that its use should increase. Decommissioning was included as a concern. The Russian Federation and Canada urged balance in the text to reflect the reasons why countries may choose nuclear energy.

Drafting Group on Transport and Atmosphere

Chair David Stuart (Australia)

The US intervening on atmosphere

Iran read out the G-77/China's proposals on atmosphere

On atmosphere, Australia introduced compromise text on a paragraph in the section on international cooperation that focuses on monitoring of the earth's atmosphere. He said the paragraph relates to: improving ground-based monitoring stations; increasing use of satellites; continuing the measurement programme for total column ozone supports; supporting programmes such as the Global Climate Observing System; and encouraging the planning and implementation of a strategy for integrated global observations. JAPAN said it accepted the text, while the G-77/China gave a favorable initial response, pending further internal consultations.

On atmosphere regarding regional cooperation, the EU and US said they could be flexible regarding wording on enhancing complementarity and coherence in measures to mitigate local, regional and global problems related to the atmosphere, while the G-77/China questioned whether the reference was appropriate. On recommendations at the national level, the EU responded to other delegates' concerns about a reference to "short term plans in urban areas" by proposing alternative wording supporting "priority attention to human settlements programmes and policies to reduce urban air pollution."

Reading the documents

China intervening on atmosphere

Chair David Stuart and Koi-Nang Mak, Chief of Energy and Transport Branch, DESA

ENB writer Wagaki Mwangi with Nigeria (left)

Nigeria intervening on atmosphere

Informal consultations on atmosphere

Chair Alison Drayton speaks with the US

On an enabling environment, the US also indicated willingness to drop the references to rule of law if a subparagraph recommending the establishment and implementation of legal, regulatory and enforcement frameworks was accepted. He also added references to "intellectual property" and "environmental protection," which provoked the G-77/China to propose new language for a subparagraph on international cooperation for international, regional and national sustainable development policies to be supportive of poverty eradication and to suggest that collaboration between the WTO and other relevant international institution be "in accordance with their respective mandates."

Chair Stuart meets with members of the G-77/China

Delegates met informally throughout the day to discuss outstanding issues

Side Event: Decision-making and Women: The Road to Rio+10
Organized by the Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)

Moderator Minu Hemmati, Co-Chair, CSD Women's Caucus, UK, Hazel Brown, Network of Trinidad and Tobago NGOs, and Irene Dankelman, Coordinator for Sustainable Development at University of Nijmegen, Netherlands


Chief Bisi Ogunleye, Countrywomen Association of Nigeria (COWAN) and CO-Chair, CSD Women's Caucus, and Thais Corral, REDEH, Brazil


Panelists discussed participation of women in decision-making, particularly in the lead up to the Johannesburg Summit in 2002. Hazel Brown discussed strategies for increasing participation of women, including increasing participation at the local government level, getting to know stakeholders, particularly administrators, and building cross-party alliances. Irene Dankelman said that women should go to Johannesburg with a new Women's Action Agenda. She pointed out that today is the 15 year anniversary of Chernobyl and said lamented that many governments still believe that nuclear energy is the solution, if there are good technologies. For more information visit


Side Event: Briefing by the South African NGO Host Committee on the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development

Bryan Ashe and Solomzi Madikane, of the South African NGO Forum describe the path leading to the World Summit on Sustainable Development 2002. They will be responsible for defining and coordinating the NGO Global Forum for next year's Earth Summit 10-year anniversary. Their suggested purpose to to provide civil society with a space to present its own perspectives on themes of sustainable development, poverty eradication, and globalized governance.

Side Event: Household Energy, Indoor Air Pollution and Human Health: Key Issues for Policy Intervention
Organized by the World Health Organization(WHO)

Nigel Bruce, Urban Health Research and Resources Unit, Department of Public Health, the University of Liverpool <>.

Kirk Smith, Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Berkeley <>, detailed that domestic fuel combustion for cooking and warming, common in developing countries and rural regions, can result in health problems, such as chronic respiratory problems, cataracts, low birthweights (affecting infant mortality), and lung cancer.




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