UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-19) 2-13 May 2011
From the 2-13 May 2011, the 19th Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-19) is being held at the UN Headquarters in New York.
The Commission on Sustainable Development was created as an outcome of the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, and its mandate reaffirmed and expanded in the 2002 Johannesburg Plan of Implementation. In its eleventh session, it was decided that the CSD’s multi-year programme of work beyond 2003 would be organized on the basis of seven two-year cycles, with each cycle focusing on selected thematic clusters of issues. CSD-19 is the final year of the 4th cycle, and its thematic focus areas are transport, mining, chemicals, waste management, and a 10 year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production patterns. Interlinkages and cross cutting issues are also on the agenda.
This year’s CSD is the last session to take place before the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio 2012, and the momentum is building up for decisions that could feed into that process. Minister László Borbély, Chairman of the Bureau for CSD-19, has called actors to identify concrete policy actions and measures that would tackle the present sustainable development challenges and advance the sustainable development themes of the upcoming Rio conference.
One of the purposes of the Rio 2012 conference is to rethink and reform the institutional framework for sustainable development. Much of the debate of the reform process so far has centered on the role of the CSD in the UN system, and how its relatively weak capacity to deliver inhibits is role on a global level. It is therefore likely that the CSD will be reformed in some way, or replaced by other institutional arrangements, and far from certain that the three remaining cycles of the multi-year programme of work will take place as scheduled until 2017.
CSD-19 will end with adopting a revised version of the Advanced unedited copy of the Chair’s draft negotiating document. Daily coverage from CSD-19 is available from IISD Reporting Services.