CSD-19 Ended With No Adopted Agreed Outcome
May 16, 2011  //  By:   //  Blog Post  //  No Comment

The 19th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 19) convened from 2-14 May 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York. Delegates focused on the thematic cluster on transport, chemicals, waste management, mining and the 10-Year Framework Programme (10YFP) on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP).

Negotiations on an agreed outcome were scheduled to end on Friday, 13 May, but continued into early Saturday morning. A Chair’s text was proposed for adoption as a package, but no consensus could be reached. After failing to agree to convene a resumed session, CSD-19 adjourned having failed to adopt an agreed outcome containing policy recommendations on its thematic cluster.

IISD Reporting Services’ Earth Negotiations Bulletin on CSD-19 provides a detailed summary report of the events that led to this result. It also provides an analysis of how some emerging lessons from CSD-19 might affect the status and role of the Commission on Sustainable Development in the wider context of preparations for the Rio 2012 conference. It attempts to respond to an obvious question: can anything be salvaged from the wreck? Read IISD’s summary and analysis here.

About the Author :

Sara Svensson joined the GEG team in June 2010 working out of Gothenburg in Sweden. She spent the first half of 2011 working full-time in Boston with the GEG Project. Sara is a global youth representative in the UNEP Major Groups Facilitating Committee and the UNEP Civil Society Advisory Group on International Environmental Governance.

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