Guidelines for Major Groups

 

on

 

CSD 9

April 2001

 

and

 

Preliminary information

on the Rio+10 process

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This information note as well as all other CSD related materials are available electronically at

 

http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev.htm

 

The Web site contains information on all previous CSD meetings since 1993 including official reports, background papers, case study and success story collections, reports submitted by Governments on their sustainable development activities, various other studies and papers on Agenda 21 themes, as well as links to partner organizations. The information on the site is updated frequently and we would urge all major groups to visit the site regularly to stay current with the CSD process.

 

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Due to resource constraints, this information note is available in English only.  Parties interested in translating the text into other languages are welcome to do so and need not formally obtain permission of the CSD Secretariat.  However, we  would appreciate knowing about the translations and receiving a copy of the translated material for our records.

 

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For further information, comments and inquiries regarding Major Groups related issues, please contact:

 

Ms. Zehra Aydin-Sipos

Major Groups Programme

Division for Sustainable Development

Department of Economic and Social Affairs

Two United Nations Plaza, DC2-2262

New York, NY, 10017, USA

Telephone:   212-963-8811

Fax:   212-963-4260

E-mail: aydin@un.org

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

 

With this information note we invite your organization to make a contribution to the ninth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) that will meet in April 2001.  The note contains detailed information on the agenda of the session, the milestone dates to keep in mind as you prepare your contributions to the session’s work, the related inter-sessional meetings organized on the agenda themes, and a list of useful contacts in the CSD Secretariat and in its partner UN bodies.

 

The CSD is currently in its second five-year program adopted by the Special Session of the General Assembly to review implementation of Agenda 21 (also known as Earth Summit II) and only one session away from the ten-year anniversary of the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro.  The tenth session of the CSD will act as the Preparatory Committee for Rio+10, the Summit meeting that will take place in mid-2002.  In this note, you will find information on both the CSD9 and information that is so far available on the Rio+10 process.

 

The CSD has been innovative in generating broad-based participation in sustainable development.  Its work to-date has been highly participatory, relative to other similar bodies, and it continues to experiment and adopt novel participatory mechanisms to increase the involvement of major groups in sustainable development efforts at the UN and around the world.

 

Maintaining and enhancing the established participatory tradition of Agenda 21 follow-up requires continued commitment by all parties.  Without your involvement the sustainable development agenda will have limited success under the best of conditions.  We hope that this information note will provide your organization and its constituency with the starting points of how to contribute and influence the CSD-9 and Rio+10 processes.

 

We look forward to working with all of you and to facilitating your active involvement in the work ahead.

 

 

 

CSD Secretariat

Division for Sustainable Development

Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA)

2 United Nations Plaza, DC2-22nd Floor

New York, NY, 10017, USA

 


 

Contents                                                                                          3

 

Section on CSD-9                                                                4

 

    CSD-9 THEMES AND PROCESS MILESTONES                                      4

 

    INFORMATION ON CSD-9 REPORTING PROCESS                                        5

            List of Reports and Supplementary Materials for CSD-9

            REPORTING DEADLINES

            Inputs from Major Groups

 

    INTER-SESSIONAL MEETINGS ON THEMATIC ISSUES                        7

            Energy and Sustainable Development

            Transportation

            Information for Decision-Making and Participation

 

    OFFICIAL MEETINGS OF CSD-9                                                         9

            Ad Hoc Open Ended Inter-governmental Group of Experts on Energy

            Ad Hoc Intersessional Working Groups of CSD-9

            Ninth Session of the CSD

            Multi-stakeholder Dialogue on Energy and Transport

 

    MAJOR GROUP PARTICIPATION                                                      13

 

Section on CSD-10                                                             14

 

    Local and National Activities

    Regional Activities

    Global Review Process and Activities

 

Annex 1:  Work Programme of the CSD, 1998-2002                                               17

Annex 2:  Member States of the CSD in 2001                                              18

Annex 3:  List of Useful Contacts                                                              20

Annex 4:  Side Event Request Form and Side Event Guidelines                         28

 


Section on CSD-9

 

In April 2001 the Commission on Sustainable Development will hold its ninth session, a two-week meeting tentatively scheduled from 16 to 27 April 2001. This note aims to provide you with a road map of the process leading up to the session and information how to contribute and prepare for the session.

 

The Commission was created to monitor and review the implementation of Agenda 21 and the other agreements reached by the Earth Summit (1992, Rio de Janeiro). A stock taking exercise for the first five years of the CSD’s work was held in June 1997 by way of the 19th Special Session of the General Assembly. The 1997 review adopted the second five-year programme of work for the period 1998-2002, which now guides the CSD process. A ten-year stock taking exercise, Rio+10, will take place in 2002.

 

The list of members of CSD9 is available in Annex II. CSD9 Bureau is composed of:

 

Chairman                     Professor Bedrich Moldan                                                 Czech Republic

Vice-Chairman             Ms. Alison Drayton                                                            Guyana

Vice-Chairman             Professor Matia Mulumba Semakula Kiwanuka                 Uganda

Vice-Chairman             Mr. David Stewart                                                             Australia

Vice-Chairman             (to be determined)                                                          

 

 

 

CSD-9 THEMES AND PROCESS MILESTONES

 

Themes of CSD-9

Milestone Dates

Energy & Transport

(Themes of the Multi-stakeholder

Dialogue Segment Themes)

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Atmosphere

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Information for decision-making
and participation

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International cooperation for an
enabling environment

Deadline to finalize reports:
December 2000

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Second meeting of Ad Hoc Open-ended
Inter-governmental Group of Experts on Energy
(Tentative dates:  28 Feb.- 2March 2001)

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Ad Hoc Intersessional Working Groups of CSD-9
(Tentative dates:  5 – 16 March 2001)
New York

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Ninth Session of the CSD
(Tentative dates:  16 – 27 April 2001)
New York

Overarching issues for all CSD-sessions under the current work programme are Poverty and Consumption Patterns.

 


INFORMATION ON CSD-9 REPORTING PROCESS

 

The CSD’s deliberations are based on reports and supplementary materials that identify the main trends and emerging issues under the themes of a given year’s agenda. Each theme is covered in a Secretary-General’s (SG) Report that may be supplemented by one or more Addenda and at times by other materials such as background papers or case studies.

 

The SG Reports are limited to 16 pages in length and are produced in the six official languages of the United Nations. The Addenda to the SG reports are also of limited length and available in languages. A number of background papers and case studies on the agenda themes are also prepared to provide more detailed information but are available in English only.

 

Preparation of the official reports is made possible through a collaborative process that directly involves the UN system bodies as thematic Task Managers, coordinated by the Inter-Agency Committee on Sustainable Development (IACSD). This system of Task Managers maximizes the use of available information and expertise of the entire United Nations system. Annex 3 provides a detailed list of all Task managers and their CSD Secretariat Focal Point counterparts as a way to invite you to establish direct contacts with the Task Managers and Focal Points for exchanges of views and information and to make inputs into the reporting process.

 

The preparation of the official reports and the supplemental materials involves inputs from major group organizations around the world to the extent that they wish to provide information on their activities, experiences, views, and recommendations for future action.

 

Major Group organizations can either send their written inputs to the Major Groups Focal Point in the CSD Secretariat for distribution to the relevant Task Managers or send them directly to the appropriate Task Managers who will use the inputs that are received on time in preparing their analytic reports for CSD. Major group organizations are also encouraged to submit case studies about their projects in issues and subject areas related to the CSD agenda.

 

 

List of Reports and Supplementary Materials for CSD-9

 

ISSUE:   ENERGY

 

1.      Report of the Secretary General on Energy for Sustainable Development:  Strategies and Actions

 

Task Manager:   DESA

Supplemented by:  Report of the second session of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Intergovernmental Group of Experts on Energy (February 2001).  Report of the first session of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Inter-governmental Group of Experts on Energy (March 2000, Document number: E/CN.17/2000/12).  Reports submitted to the first session of the Group of Experts on Energy including the Report of the Secretary-General on National Submissions (E/CN.17/ESD/2000/2) and Report of the Secretary General on Energy and Sustainable Development:  Key Issues (E/CN.17/ESD/ 2000/3).  Report on the first session of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for Development, 5-16 April 1999 (E/C.14/1999/2).  Report of the second session of the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for Development, 14-25 August 2000.  A Background paper containing case studies on energy and sustainable development.  The World Energy Assessment.

Papers for the Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue Segment on Energy and Transport:  A total of 5 ‘dialogue starters’ of 16 pages each will be prepared for the Dialogue Segment by the key stakeholder groups and released as Background Papers 1 through 5.  Please see section on Energy and Transport Segment for more detail.

 

ISSUE:   TRANSPORT

 

2.      Report of the Secretary-General on Transport for Sustainable Development

 

Task Manager:   DESA

Supplemented by:  Background paper by the Global Initiative for Transport Emissions (GITE); Background paper by the International Civil Aviation Organization on Aviation and Sustainable Development.

Papers for the Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue Segment on Energy and Transport:  A total of 5 ‘dialogue starters’ of 16 pages each will be prepared for the Dialogue Segment by the key stakeholder groups and released as Background Papers 1 through 5.  Please see section on Energy and Transport Segment for more detail.

 

ISSUE:   ATMOSPHERE

 

3.      Report of the Secretary-General on Atmosphere

 

Lead organization:   UNEP and WMO

Supplemented by:  to be determined.

 

ISSUE:   INFORMATION FOR DECISION-MAKING AND PARTICIPATION

 

4.      Report of the Secretary-General on Information for Decision-Making and Participation

 

Task Manager:   DESA and UNEP

 

5.      Report of the Secretary-General on Implementation of the CSD Work Program on Indicators for Sustainable Development

 

Task Manager:   DESA

Supplemented by:  Addendum containing Proposals for Aggregation of CSD Indicators and Next Steps; Background paper on Frameworks and Methodologies of CSD Indicators.

 

ISSUE:   INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION FOR AN ENABLING ENVIRONMENT

 

6.      Report of the Secretary-General on International Cooperation for an Enabling Environment

 

Lead Organization:   DESA

Supplemented by: to be determined

 

Please check our WEB site at  www.un.org/esa/sustdev  regularly for more information on the reporting process.

REPORTING DEADLINES

 

SG Reports

Must be finalized by 1 December 2000. Written inputs from Major Group organizations need to be submitted by no later than 15 October 2000. Earlier submissions are encouraged.

 

Background papers

Major Group organizations need to submit written inputs by no later than 1 January 2001.

 

Inputs from Major Groups

 

The CSD Secretariat encourages and welcomes inputs from major group organizations on the topics listed above. Major Groups that wish to make an input should send it in writing (email, fax, or mail) to the Major Groups Programme Coordinator in the CSD Secretariat, or directly to the Task Managers (coordinates in Annex 3<span lang=EN-US style='font-size:10.0pt;mso-bidi-font-size:12.0pt;font-family:"Alber