ENGO Researcher-Writer and Editor for a Commission for Sustainable Development Policy Concept Paper
When: August-September 2010
The RCEN was invited by the Department of Foreign Affairs Canada to prepare a Policy Concept Paper in advance of the intergovernmental preparatory meeting for the 19th Commission for Sustainable Development cycle (CSD-19) in fall 2010.
Two ENGO delegates were selected to gather views and prepare a Policy Concept Paper from a Canadian environmental perspective, which includes:
- a brief history of the CSD process;
- a description of the current implementation cycle leading up to CSD-19 within the context of the CSD process; and
- policy options and alternatives specific to CSD18/CSD-19 thematic issues.
- Researcher-Writer: Emmanuel Prinet, One Earth Initiative, BC
- Editor: Carolyn Webb, CIELAP, ON
The Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) emerged from Agenda 21, the programme of action for sustainable development adopted in June 1992 by the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also known as the “Rio Earth Summit.” Agenda 21 called for the creation of the CSD to ensure effective follow-up of UNCED, enhance international cooperation, and examine progress in the implementation of Agenda 21 at the local, national, regional and international levels. Initial CSD meetings focused on all aspect of Agenda 21. More recently, a decision was made to focus on thematic areas in a two year cycle. The first year of the cycle is considered a “review” year, focusing on information sharing and dialogue that sets the stage for the second, “policy” year. During the policy year, countries attempt to negotiate commitments that are not legally binding but aim to ensure the implementation of Agenda 21.
For additional details, visit the following websites:
Commission on Sustainable Development Website
Department of Foreign Affairs Sustainable Development Division
The RCEN selected one ENGO and one youth delegate to attend the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD18/19).
To view reports for CSD-18 which took place from May 3-14, 2010, click here.