27 January 2004

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    5 March 2004


    Introductory Note from the Chair

     thThe 12 session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-12) will be the first Review Session under the Commission‟s new Implementation Cycle, which was adopted at CSD-11. As such, CSD-12 will play a crucial role in determining how a task- and action-oriented CSD will respond to the challenge of implementation and how future Review Sessions will be organised.

    The first three days of CSD-12 will serve as the preparatory meeting for the International Meeting on the ten-year review of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA) for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States. The Bureau and I attach great importance to this event and will guide its deliberations to ensure that the objectives, as defined by CSD-11, are achieved.

    The CSD-12 Review Session will feature a number of “firsts”. Thematic reviews will feature interactive discussions and will be introduced through keynote presentations, panel discussions and moderated debates. Major Group representatives will join Ministers in interactive dialogues during the High-Level Segment. Regional Discussions will be a distinct feature with a common format and structure. A Partnership Fair and Learning Centre will be part of the CSD meetings. It is my firm belief that the innovations in meeting formats and substantive discussions, as well as the variety of events and the greater involvement of Major Groups during CSD-12, described below in the annotations, will contribute to a dynamic, interesting and fruitful Review Session. The results of this review should bring about an improved understanding of priority concerns of the thematic issues selected for this Cycle - namely Water, Sanitation and

    Human Settlements - and pave the way for an effective policy session at CSD-13.

    As the high-level international body on sustainable development, holding its first substantive session since the Johannesburg Summit, the CSD faces the daunting challenge of keeping up the political momentum and catalysing action to ensure progress is made in implementation. It will need to showcase the political will for achieving the Millennium Development Goals and the time-bound goals and targets of the Johannesburg Summit as well as Agenda 21. For this purpose, I have invited Ministers with portfolios for water, sanitation, housing, construction, development cooperation, finance and planning, as well as for the environment, to attend CSD-12 in order to galvanise concerted action and provide broad and coherent guidance for the policy discussion in the year to follow.

    The decision of CSD-11 to focus its first Implementation Cycle on Water, Sanitation and Human Settlements bears testimony to the sense of urgency the international community ascribes to these issues. Today, water-borne diseases kill a person every ten seconds, the overwhelming majority children, and roughly one in two Sub-Saharan Africans and three


    in five South Asians lack adequate sanitation. The total number of people living in slums is close to 930 million and is growing at an accelerated rate. If the goals and targets for Water, Sanitation and Human Settlements are to be met, every day in the next 11 years should see another 400,000 people getting access to safe drinking water and another 500,000 people being provided basic sanitation. Taking action now to move toward these goals is of paramount importance. We cannot combat poverty, the greatest challenge facing the world today, unless action is also taken within the areas of Water, Sanitation and Human Settlements.

    To succeed in this task, we need to draw on the unique strengths of the CSD to address, in a balanced and integrated manner, the thematic issues in the context of cross-cutting issues as identified by CSD-11, and examine the relationships among them. We need Ministers responsible for Water, Sanitation and Human Settlements to join forces with their cabinet counterparts for environment, finance, agriculture, science and technology, urban and rural development and others to generate ideas and action for integrated implementation. It is only through them that we can mobilise the necessary political will to provide additional resources and fully engage financial institutions at the international, regional and local levels. Equally important, we must encourage alliances and partnerships among Governments, business and other major groups, UN organisations, and international financial institutions and drive the implementation process forward.

    Between now and CSD-12, the Bureau and the Secretariat will continue to refine the organisation of work for CSD-12. I look forward to working closely with you over the coming months.

    Minister Børge Brende

    Chair, CSD-12


    CSD-12 Framework for the Organization of Work

    14 16 April 2004

     Official opening of CSD-12:

    AM - Election of officers

     - Adoption of the agenda and other

     organizational matters of CSD-12

     10:00-Item 4 of CSD-12 agenda:

     11:00 Preparations for an international

     meeting for the review of the

    implementation of BPoA - Accreditation of NGOs and other major groups to the CSD-12 SIDS - (pending -(pending preparatory meeting and the consultations) consultations) Mauritius international meeting

    - Introduction of the SG‟s report


     - Presentation of other document(s),

    11:00- including a report of the outcome of

    1:00 the Bahamas inter-regional meeting

    PM Closing: 3:00- - The Chair summarizes 6:00 - (pending consultations) status of preparations

     for the Mauritius

     meeting - (pending - Adoption of draft consultations) decisions on the

     provisional agenda for

     Mauritius and the

     accreditation of NGOs

    to the meeting


    19 23 April 2004


     Statements: AM 10:00- Opening Overall 11:30 Water Human Review Sanitation discussions Settlements, discussions Statements: Statements: continued discussions continued 11:30- Overall Overall continued 1:00 Review Review

     Thematic PM 3:00- Region: Region: Thematic Thematic discussion on 4:30 UN ESCAP UN ECA discussion discussion on Human on Water, Sanitation, Settlements, including including including Region: cross-cutting cross-cutting 4:30-Statements: cross-cutting UN ECE issues issues 6:00 Overall Review issues



    AM 10:00-discussions among

    11:30 delegates and Human

     Major Groups Water Settlements Sanitation

    (MGs) on MGs‟ 11:30- contributions in 1:00 the three themes

PM 3:00- Status report on 4:30 request for Sanitation Human Water information Settlements 1from CSD11 4:30-


     1 Covers reports on inter-agency co-ordination, partnerships, national reporting and indicators.


    19 23 April 2004


     Presentations: Presentations: Presentations: AM Human Water and 10:00-Partnership Water and Settlements Sanitation 11:30 Presentations Sanitation Partnerships Partnerships Partnerships

    Interactive Interactive (no activities) Thematic Thematic dialogue: dialogue: discussion: discussion: 11:30- Raising Practical Partnerships for Partnerships for 1:00 awareness of issues of Human Water and partnerships/ setting up a Settlements Sanitation IT as a tool Partnership

PM 3:00- Presentations: Presentations: 4:30 Presentations: Human Partnership Water and Partnership Water Settlements Presentations Sanitation Presentations Partnerships Partnerships Partnerships 4:30-



AM 10:00-Human Institution-Water, Human - Institution-Settlements: 11:30 building: Settlements:building: Restoring Urban Science and Investing in How to apply for Waterways Technology for Communities GEF projects 11:30- - (tentative) Decision-Making (French) 1:00

     How to create Water and Water: Institution-PM 3:00-and implement building: Integrated Water Sanitation: 4:30 National Consensus-Using ICT to Resource Sustainable To be announced building for manage Water Management Development Natural and Sanitation (IWRM) 4:30-Strategies Resources (tentative) Course 1 6:00 (tentative)


    26 30 April 2004



     Informal Informal Informal AM Ministerial Ministerial 8.30-Ministerial (n/a) (n/a) Meeting: Meeting: 10:00 Meeting: Introductory With Heads of Summing up Session UN agencies

     Opening of HLS Statements & Statements &

     Interactive Interactive

    10:00-Region: discussions discussions

    11:30 UN ECLAC Heads of UN focusing on

     Statements agencies: Sanitation Relationship

     & Interactive Responding to among the three

     discussions on the Challenges themes: Water,

    integrated Sanitation and

    themes: Meeting Human Statements & Statements & Targets, Goals Settlements Interactive Interactive and Timetables continued discussions: 11:30-Region: discussions Releasing the 1:00 UN ESCWA focusing on Energy of Local Human Entrepreneurs Settlements and



    PM &


    discussions 3:00- Statements Major Groups: Relationship Closing: 4:30 & Interactive The Role and among the three - Chair introduces discussions on Contributions of themes: Water, Summary of HLS integrated Major Groups (Summary Part II) Sanitation and themes: Creating - Adoption of the Human Statements & Chair introduces an Enabling 4:30-report of CSD-12. Settlements interactive Summary Part I: Environment 6:00 discussion Delegates to make focusing on short factual Water comments only


    26 30 April 2004


     Partnership AM 10:00-Presentations 11:30 Partnership

    Presentations Partnership Partnership Interactive (no activities) (in Library Presentations Presentations Dialogue: 11:30- Auditorium) Practical issues of 1:00 funding for


     Partnership PM 3:00- Partnership Presentations 4:30 Presentations Partnership Partnership (no activities) (in Library Presentations Presentations Closing session: Auditorium) 4:30- Feedback from 6:00 participants



    Sanitation, 10:00-Water: Water: Institution-11:30 How to develop Water: Learning about building: New IWRM Transboundary AM Water Opportunities for concepts Diagnostic Management Small Service (tentative) Strategic Plans 11:30-(tentative) Providers to Meet (tentative) 1:00 Water: MDG Goals IWRM Course III (tentative) (tentative).

    3:00-Human Sanitation: 4:30 Settlements: Water: Gender and PM Improving Cities IWRM Course II - Sanitation and the Lives of (tentative) (tentative) 4:30-the Poor 6:00



    Note: The election of officers and adoption of the agenda and organization of work for CSD-12 will take place on 14 April 2004. This will be followed by Agenda item 4, the SIDS preparatory meeting for Mauritius, 14 16 April 2004.

Organization of work for CSD preparatory meeting on SIDS

    By its resolution 2003/55, ECOSOC decided that the Commission on Sustainable Development, during its twelfth session in 2004, will convene a three-day preparatory meeting for an international meeting for an in-depth assessment and appraisal of the implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action (BPoA) for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States, and will finalize the preparations for the international meeting in Mauritius, including its agenda.

    Since last August, three regional and one inter-regional preparatory meetings have taken place, which provided the opportunity for SIDS to review the status of implementation of the BPoA in their respective regions. The Bahamas inter-regional meeting (26 -30 January, 2004) afforded the opportunity for all SIDS to get together to share their concerns and identify common constraints and obstacles.

    The open-ended intergovernmental preparatory meeting on SIDS will focus on the preparations for the international meeting to be held in Mauritius, 30 August 3

    September 2004.

Thematic discussions on Water, Sanitation and Human Settlements

    CSD-11 decided that the thematic cluster should be addressed in an integrated manner, taking into account the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development, and that means of implementation and other cross-cutting issues (identified by CSD-11) be addressed in every cycle and for every relevant issue, action and commitment. CSD-12 will use innovative formats such as keynote presentations, panel discussions and moderated debates to initiate a series of dynamic and interactive discussions covering the themes under review.

Thematic sessions will begin with a brief „lead-off‟ by way of a panel, speaker or point-

    counter point presentation or similar. The lead-off would address obstacles, constraints,

    and successes, and linkages to cross-cutting issues as adopted by CSD-11. This will be followed by an interactive discussion to be presided over by the Chair or a vice-Chair.

    The CSD Bureau strongly encourages that such discussions be grounded in practical implementation and country experience and enriched by sharing best practices and lessons learned. Discussions in Conference Room 1 will focus on the review of progress in implementation, best practices and successes, as well as obstacles and constraints, against the targets, goals and timetables of Water, Sanitation and Human Settlements commitments made in Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21, the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI) and those commitments made in relevant CSD sessions. Discussions in Conference Room 2 will focus on more


    operational aspects through, inter alia, review of case studies, national policy experiences, lessons learned and best practices as well as obstacles and constraints related to implementation.

    The formats for discussions are the same in Conference Room 2 as Conference Room 1 and both rooms are open to all participants. Discussions in Room 2 are CSD inter - governmental meetings of a political standing and significance equal to that in Room 1. The sessions have been scheduled to avoid an overlap of discussions on the same theme in both rooms at the same time. Issues and themes for the discussions in both rooms are given below in the day-to-day schedule, providing guidance for participation by delegations.

    Statements during CSD-12: Review of the implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation

    Delegates are invited to make brief statements (limited to three minutes each) focusing on key issues highlighted in the Secretary-General's Overview report, during the sessions devoted to overall review.

    It is preferable that countries‟ views regarding the specific themes of Water, Sanitation and Human Settlements be expressed during the relevant interactive discussions of the CSD-12.

    The High-Level Segment

    The High-Level Segment will feature special presentations, interactive discussions and Ministerial statements. All sessions under the High-Level Segment will be led in a manner conducive to the active participation of Ministers with different portfolios.

    Closed informal Ministerial early-morning meetings will be held in Conference Room 6 throughout the High-Level Segment. The Chair will use this opportunity to share with Ministers his analysis of the discussions and his views on the way ahead, including possible key issues to be further explored in the Policy Year (CSD-13). One of these meetings will include Heads of UN agencies and international financial and trade institutions.

    As part of the innovations in meeting formats, the High-Level Segment will also feature keynote speakers and special presentations on crucial aspects of implementation with regard to the thematic cluster of Water, Sanitation and Human Settlements. Lead speakers on the themes and cross-cutting issues are being selected through broad-based consultations by the Chair.

    Ministerial interactive discussions during the High-Level Segment will be a principal forum where dialogue will take place among Ministers, Heads of UN agencies and international financial and trade institutions and representatives of Major Groups at the appropriate level.


    The High-Level Segment will consist of interactive discussions interspersed with Ministerial statements (limited to three minutes each). Within this format, Ministers could provide short and concise feed-back related to the Chair‟s Summary, their views on

    priority concerns relating to the implementation of the water, sanitation and human settlements commitments in order to facilitate an effective policy discussion during the Policy Year, with a view to strengthening implementation. These short, concise and focused interventions are aimed at providing political perspectives on the review within the thematic framework established for the High-Level Segment as well as political guidance for discussions during the Policy Year.

    Broad headlines have been indicated for the various sessions of the High-Level Segment as guidance for Ministers in their preparations. However, it is important to note the objective is to engage Ministers with different portfolios in all Ministerial discussions. Water, Sanitation and Human Settlements will be addressed throughout the whole High-Level Segment and will not be limited to the more sector-specific sessions on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 April.

    Delegates are invited to indicate a preferred date and focus of their Minister(s)‟ intervention(s), within the broad thematic framework established for the High-Level Segment, to the CSD Secretariat by 26 March 2004. A speakers list for each of the sessions will be provided well in advance of the High-Level Segment.

    The CSD Secretariat has set up a web page exclusively devoted to the posting of officials‟ statements. Delegations, major group representatives, UN agencies and others are invited to send their written statements electronically to the secretariat (

    for early posting, preferably prior to the start of the CSD Review Session. Statements can be viewed at

    There will be webcasting from a selection of the sessions and other events at CSD-12, cf. CSD Secretariat website.

Regional sessions

    Regional sessions will include a short presentation of the outcomes of the regional implementation meetings, followed by brief commentaries designed to lead off interactive discussions.

Major Groups

    As CSD-12 marks a new era of “Implementation Cycles”, the CSD Bureau and

    Secretariat continue to explore ways to enhance Major Groups‟ participation in the CSD

    process. In this regard, Major Groups‟ participation in CSD-12 will be integrated

    throughout the various activities through a series of “entry points”.

    Statements by Major Group representatives will be interspersed throughout the discussions at the discretion of the Chair, with a view to allowing the input from Major Groups to be appropriately reflected within the overall framework, and in accordance with the established procedures of the CSD.


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