Preparing policy options on sustainable development

Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting for the 19th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-19) will be held from 28 February – 4 March in New York

The Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM) will prepare for the policy-year session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), which will negotiate policy options related to the thematic cluster for the CSD 18-19 cycle: transport, chemicals, waste management, mining and the Ten-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns.

The IPM will include a Small Island Development States (SIDS) Special Day, consisting of interactive discussions to outline innovative policy options to support the sustainable development of SIDS, and addressing viable solutions for reducing the vulnerabilities of SIDS and for strengthening the sustainable management of chemicals, waste (hazardous and solid), mining and transport, and implementing sustainable consumption and production (SCP).

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On the road to Rio 2012

Second Meeting of the Preparatory Committee on Rio 2012 will take place from 7-8 March in New York

The UN General Assembly, in December 2009, adopted a resolution calling for a UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) to be convened in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 2012 ( Rio 2012). The resolution established the dates for the preparatory committees leading to the event, and indicates the focus of the event: a green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication; and the institutional framework for sustainable development.

The Second Preparatory Committee will be held immediately after the conclusion of the Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (28 February – 4 March) for the 19th session of the Commission to discuss further the substantive themes of Rio 2012 and will

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Preparing a blueprint for a low-carbon, sustainable future

The President of the General Assembly will host an Interactive Dialogue with the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability on 16 March in New York

On 9 August 2010, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the High-level Panel on Global Sustainability (GSP) to “reflect on and formulate a new vision for sustainable growth and prosperity, along with mechanisms for achieving it”, in light of the growing strain placed on our planet by climate change, biodiversity loss, food insecurity and other interlinked challenges.

Co-chaired by H.E. Mrs. Tarja Halonen, President of Finland, and H.E. Mr. Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa, the Global Sustainability Panel (GSP) consists of 22 authoritative world figures who work together to produce a comprehensive blue print for a low-carbon, sustainable future. The Panel held its second meeting in Cape Town, South Africa, from 24-25 February.

Their final report will be issued at the end of 2011 and feed into relevant intergovernmental discussions such as the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio 2012).

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