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Ad Hoc Intersessional Working Groups of CSD-8
New York, 22 February- 3 March 2000

Highlights from Monday, 28 February
Ad Hoc Working Group on Integrated Planning and Management of Land Resources and Agriculture

The Ad Hoc Intersessional Working Group (AHWG) on Integrated Planning and Management of Land Resources & Agriculture was declared open by Choi Seok-young (Republic of Korea), on behalf of CSD-8 Chair, Juan Mayr (Colombia). After the election of Co-Chairs Patrick McDonnell, Ireland, and Modesto Francisco Fernandez Diaz-Silveira, Cuba, and the adoption of the agenda, the AHWG heard presentations on the Secretary-General's Reports, other documentation for the meeting and on a relevant intersessional conference. Finally, four Organizing Partners from major groups preparing for the Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Sustainable Agriculture at CSD-8 made statements. The meeting adjourned at midday after a request by the G-77/China to provide time for members of the Group to examine documentation and prepare for the week's discussions.

JoAnne DiSano, Director, UN Division for Sustainable Development, introduces the Secretary-General's Report on Integrated Planning and Management of Land Resources

The Netherlands reports on the results of the Maastricht Conference on the Multifunctional Character of Agriculture and Land

Gordon Bispham, Southern Co-Chair, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Caucus

He noted that sustainable agriculture was a way of life for many indigenous people, who "have been at war" with industrialized agriculture and its side effects. He highlighted the failure of the Seattle Ministerial meeting to act on proposals relating to agriculture in developing countries, and urged the CSD to encourage a more cooperative approach within UN agencies, with the aim, inter alia, of: removing banned or obsolete pesticides that are being exported to developing countries, and providing financial support for organic and other farming practices that do not involve genetic modification or monoculture.

Carol Kalafatic, International Indian Treaty Council, Indigenous Peoples as a Major Group, CSD NGO Steering Committee

Carol Kalafatic urged the CSD to: address the underlying causes of the lack of progress in sustainable agriculture and land management, including the imposition of an intellectual property rights system on traditional agricultural knowledge; support the existing and emerging initiatives of indigenous peoples; and ensure policy integration on issues relating to poverty, consumption and production, trade liberalization, deforestation, energy and climate change.

Leah Porter, American Crop Protection Association, representing business and industry in the multistakeholder dialogue

She highlighted that the key word at the AHWG meeting was the "integrated" planning and management of land resources, to which the agri-business sector had contributed. She acknowledged that expanding global food production through productivity in the agricultural sector was only one element of the proceedings. She also noted the importance of resources and income distribution, access to markets and trade, and suitable conditions for social, political and economic development.


ENB Summary of CSD-7 in PDF or text format
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ENB's "Introduction of the CSD"                                        

UN CSD Homepage
CSD-8 Homepage with Organization of Work for the Ad Hoc Working Groups and CSD-8 documents
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