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Preparations for CSD-9*

Preparations for CSD-9 are well under way. The Chair of CSD-9 is Bedrich Moldan from the Czech Republic, former Minister of Environment of the Czech Republic and former Chair of one of the working groups at PrepCom 4 for Rio. The other members of the CSD Bureau are:
Ms Alison Drayton (Guyana), Prof Martia Mulumba Semakula Kiwanuka (Uganda), David Stewart (Australia), Asia (to be decided)

CSD-9 will deal with:

  1. Energy and Transport
  2. Atmosphere
  3. Information for Decision-making and Participation
  4. International Co-operation for an enabling environment

For the Multi-stakeholder Dialogues the partners selected are

NGOs
NGO Caucus on Climate Change and Energy, and the NGO Caucus on Sustainable Transport.
To participate in the NGO Caucuses go to the CSD NGO Steering Committee web site at www.csdngo.org/csdngo

Workers and Trade Unions
International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) through the Trade Union Advisory Council to the OECD in collaboration with ICEM, IMF, ITF and PSI.

Business and Industry
International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), and World Energy Council (WEC).

Local Authorities
International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI).

Scientific Communities
International Council of Scientific Unions (ICSU), and the World Conservation Union (IUCN).

The papers produced by the Dialogue Partners have to be done by the 1st of January and are then published by the end of February.

Topics of the Dialogue Segment
Achieving equitable access to clean energy: incentives, subsidies, regulations or voluntary measures? (tentatively scheduled for the afternoon session of 16 April 2001)
This session is expected to focus on whether and how access to clean energy can be increased in an equitable fashion. The focus is primarily on various economic measures and other mechanisms that can help increase such access. Participants are expected to present and compare their experiences with existing economic incentives, regulatory mechanisms and voluntary initiatives in this area and make proposals on how to further those mechanisms that have made a positive contribution and new mechanisms that should be considered.

Eco-efficiency, eco-effectiveness or business-as-usual: choices for producing, distributing and consuming energy (tentatively scheduled for the morning session of 17 April 2001)
In this session stakeholders are expected to share their experiences with existing approaches used to produce and distribute energy in order to identify the merits and disadvantages each approach presents in the context of sustainable development. The discussion is expected to generate a better understanding of how eco-efficiency or eco-effectiveness impact the overall sustainability goals in businesses, workplaces, or communities; and help identify what production and distribution choices might be favorable to promoting energy for sustainable development.

Public-private partnerships for de-carbonizing the transportation system (tentatively scheduled for the afternoon session of 17 April 2001)
This session is expected to focus on the use of carbon-based fuels in transport, and on whether and how various collaborative partnerships can or have reduced dependence on such fuels in the transport system. Stakeholders are expected to share their experiences on partnerships they have created to generate alternatives mixes of transport systems. The discussion is expected to generate proposals for future partnerships based on those that are currently producing favorable results.

Sustainable transport planning: choices and models for human settlements, designs and vehicle alternatives (tentatively scheduled for the morning session of 18 April 2001)
In this session, the stakeholders are expected to discuss how transport systems impact and shape urban or rural settlements. Participants are expected to present innovative examples of designing healthier neighborhoods, towns and cities by changing the transport system, or promoting vehicle and transport alternatives that would help human settlements evolve in a more sustainable way.

 

UN Preparations for Earth Summit 2002
The CSD Secretariat has produced briefing material on CSD-10 (available on the UN web site). This identifies the key dates for the preparation for the Summit.

Present to Spring 2001: National preparations for Rio+10. Governments will be setting up national preparatory processes to document and evaluate domestic conditions in the interdependent triangle of social, economic and environmental dimensions and to propose new commitments for national action. The preparatory committees will seek the greatest possible dialogue among the greatest possible range of people, giving all of them a stake in achieving sustainable development. Such a multi-stakeholder dialogue should involve government ministries, agencies and branches as well as a broad range of representatives from the non-governmental sectors. National focal points, National Sustainable Development Councils (where they exist), and national Parliaments need to enlist in the effort. This wide outreach will ensure the maximum possible public interest in and contribution to the assessment process.

Through surveys, observations, interviews, community gatherings and national competitions, the national preparatory committees will collect information on local and national changes since 1992, as well as suggestions for strengthening trends toward sustainable development. The National Reports that governments have prepared since 1992 will be a useful place to begin outlining domestic progress in implementing the goals of Agenda 21, describing successful practices and achievements and obstacles to further progress. The national preparatory committees will also report on areas where future effort might best be concentrated, where the transition to sustainable development seems to be underway, and areas where mid-course corrections are indicated. A focus on specific indicators of movement, in the form of three or four targets for future national sustainability progressions, will provide tangible and specific outcomes.

Spring 2001 to Winter 2001/2002: Regional Preparations. Governments, NGOs and other interested parties will send delegations to a series of regional conferences that will compare national findings and seek consensus on regional priorities. Such gatherings are planned for Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Western Asia, Europe, and Asia and the Pacific. Each regional meeting will guarantee dialogue among as many regional stakeholders as possible. These gatherings will formulate a "platform" of regionally relevant policy issues and priorities, with action areas of greatest success and local examples highlighted in a regional report, along with areas of primary concern.

A Regional Agenda 21 Roundtable will precede each regional preparatory conference. These roundtables will bring together prominent regional experts to conduct an unfettered discussion of regional problems, solutions and priorities including identification of regional progression targets for the next phase of work towards sustainable development.

Fall 2001 to Summer 2002: Global Preparations and Summit Conference. The United Nations Secretary General will prepare reports based on the findings of the national and regional preparatory meetings as well as inputs from the concerned United Nations agencies (such as the United Nations Environment Programme, the United Nations Development Programme, the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the World Health Organisation, the Rio Conventions and others) and contributions from non-governmental sectors. A number of special inputs are already in preparation. For example, UNEP has initiated preparations for the third Global Environmental Outlook (GEO3). The GEO3 process will take a 30-year retrospective (starting with the 1972 Stockholm conference on environment) and a 30-year forward looking perspective with the aim to re-frame the way international community understands and responds to the environment in the new millennium. GEO3 will gather and synthesize knowledge of over 850 experts in more than 35 scientific institutions around the world and will be completed in 2002.

The outcomes of other recent global conferences such as the 1994 Cairo conference on population, the 1995 Beijing conference on women, and the 1996 Istanbul conference on human settlements will be considered. The South-South Summit of April 2000, the Global Ministerial Environmental Forum in Malmo in May 2000, and the high-level consultation on Finance for Development 2000-2001 will also contribute. The findings from the Earth Summit+5 review, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1997, will be thoroughly assimilated. This comprehensive progress report will fully and fairly represent the voices of developing countries, and stress measures to combat poverty along with measures to change consumption patterns.

The Commission on Sustainable Development will start the inter-governmental work on the global assessment in early 2002. In each step of the global assessment exercise, special multi-stakeholder dialogue segments will be included to welcome views from stakeholder groups based on their experience and aspirations.

The culminating step in the Rio+10 process will be a Summit Conference in which Heads of State or Government will seek consensus on the outcomes of the assessment process and on the priority targets for further national, regional and international action to implement Agenda 21. A special multi-stakeholder dialogue at the Summit meeting will allow leaders of Governments and major non-governmental institutions to share with each other their specific sustainable development commitments for the next phase of work. The Summit meeting will attempt to offer a time-bound set of recommendations on ways to overcome obstacles to implementation, along with the institutional and financial requirements of those recommendations. If feasible, the conference will seek to identify likely sources of the necessary financial support.

DATES
CSD-10 PrepComm I
is tentatively scheduled immediately after the conclusion of CSD-9 (most likely from 30 April to 4 May 2001). This meeting is expected to primarily focus on organizational matters related to the global Rio+10 process. A multi-stakeholder panel will be organized at the beginning of this meeting to allow major group representatives to bring to the organizational discussion the views of their constituencies.

CSD10-PrepComm II is tentatively scheduled in January 2002. This meeting will start the substantive review of progress at the global level. The discussions will be based on the Secretary-Generalís report on overall review of progress, as well as from the outputs of the Regional PrepComms. Early in the course of PrepComm II, a two-day multi-stakeholder dialogue with all nine major group sectors is planned. The topics of the stakeholder dialogue will be based on the outline of the Secretary-generalís overall review report.

CSD10-PrepComm III, possibly in March 2002, may continue and finalize the overall inter-governmental review exercise unless the review is finalized at the January meeting.

CSD10-PrepComm IV is tentatively planned for May 2002. The focus at this stage is expected to be on identifying and building consensus on future priorities and strategies for the next 5 to 10 years. A one or half-day multi-stakeholder dialogue (depending on the length of this session) is planned to give opportunities to major group representatives to share their proposals and ideas regarding what needs to be done in the next phase of sustainable development work.

The Rio+10 summit meeting will then be the culmination of the process. The exact location and dates of the Summit meeting will be decided by the 55th General Assembly, when it meets later this fall. At the summit meeting, a half-day multi-stakeholder high-level dialogue segment is planned. This dialogue segment is planned as an opportunity for major groups and governments to share their specific sustainable development commitments for the next phase. The national commitments are expected to emerge from the National Progression Targets process described above.

Felix Dodds, UNED Forum Director

*reproduced from 'Connections' (Autumn 2000 issue), UNED Forum's quarterly newsletter

For further information, check UNED's Earth Summit 2002 web-site (newsletters, briefing papers, etc.)

The UN CSD Secretariat would like to hear from you about your work in promoting sustainable development in preparation for Rio +10. Regular reports will be printed in CSD UPDATE about the conference planning process and gatherings as they occur, and will be posted continually on www.un.org/rio+10.htm

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