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Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting for the seventeenth session of the Commission on
Sustainable Development (CSD-17)

23-27 February 2009 | UN headquarters, New York, US

Delegates during the last day of CSD-17 IPM
Highlights for Friday, 27 February 2009

On Friday morning, 27 February, the IPM discussed inter-linkages, cross-cutting issues and means of implementation. Panelist Nnimmo Bassey, Environmental Rights Action, discussed the concept of water as a human right, food security and sovereignty, and the need to provide for equal opportunities in policy-making. Panelist Erick Fernandes, World Bank, highlighted, inter alia, the importance of sustainable agricultural strategies in national action plans and the need to harness traditional knowledge. Panelist Paul Collier, Oxford University, said developing countries have to adapt to the changing climate by moving into sectors that are less vulnerable, and suggested thinking about genetically modified organisms in terms of the calculus of risk rather than ideology.

During the afternoon, delegates received a “Chair’s Negotiating Text” and offered brief, “factual” comments on the text. In her closing remarks, CSD-17 Chair Verburg highlighted that the recent multiple crises would have an impact on sustainable development in all parts of the world. She said that, at CSD-17, she would focus on concrete, action-oriented recommendations and bottom-up participatory approaches involving major groups, and gaveled the IPM to a close at 6:30 pm.

ENB SUMMARY AND ANALYSIS: The Earth Negotiations Bulletin summary and analysis of the CSD-17 IPM will be available on Monday, 2 March 2009, on this site.
Panelist Nnimmo Bassey, Environmental Rights Action
Panelist Paul Collier, Oxford University
Panelist Erick Fernandes, World Bank
Marcia Alejandra Sobenes García, Vice-Minister of Natural Resources of Guatemala
Delegates during the meeting
L-R: Lynn Wagner, Ph.D., ENB Team Leader/Writer (US); CSD-17 Chair Gerda Verburg (the Netherlands); Tanya Rosen, ENB Writer (Italy/Yugoslavia/US); and Wagaki Mwangi, ENB Writer (Kenya)
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