Researcher-Writer and Editor for a Commission on Sustainable Development ENGO Priorities Paper


Closed Consultation

When: February 2010

The Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade invited the RCEN to coordinate the development of a Canadian ENGO Priorities Paper in advance of the eighteenth session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-18) from 3-14 May 2010.

The RCEN has selected one Researcher-Writer and one Editor to complete the paper during the month of February.

Read the ENGO Paper:

The paper explores, from a Canadian ENGO perspective and through a sustainable consumption and production lens, gaps and best practices related to the CSD-18/19 thematic cluster of transport, chemicals, waste management, mining and the 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production.

This paper was presented to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s Sustainable Development Division to inform the Government of Canada’s Priorities Paper for CSD-18.

For more information on the Commission on Sustainable Development, please visit

Background Information
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.

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