GFDD and FUNGLODE Participate in the Seventeenth Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development

May 22, 2009
 Global Foundation for Democracy and Development (GFDD) and Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo (FUNGLODE) participated in the Seventeenth Session of the United Nations’ Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), May 4-15, 2009 at UN Headquarters in New York City. The purpose of the session was for governments to negotiate
the Chairperson’s Draft, which was compiled based on the dialogues that took place between Member States and Major Groups (Non-Governmental Organizations, Women, Children and Youth, Indigenous People, Local Authorities, Workers and Trade Unions, Business and Industry, Scientific and Technological Community, and Farmers) during the Inter-Governmental Preparatory Meeting that took place February 23-27, 2009 (see article on Inter-Governmental Preparatory Meeting).
The Commission’s 2008-2009 program of work
relates to the thematic issues of agriculture, rural development, land, drought, desertification and Africa. Key points addressed by stakeholders during CSD-17 included: food and water security; poverty eradication; access to quality education, training and healthcare services; climate change mitigation and adaptation; environmental degradation; environmental preservation; ecosystem services; sustainable land-use and agricultural output; renewable energy; job creation; technology transfer
and extension services; capacity programs for vulnerable groups; water productivity and management; sanitation; infrastructure investment; price controls; market access; financing; and women’s empowerment.
The draft negotiation process, scheduled to conclude May 12,
continued late until the evening May 15. Disagreements between governments, predominately pertaining to financing, hindered consensus.
Participation of Member States in the negotiating process was extensive. The following highlights some of the many contributions made by governments
to the draft negotiation sessions.
Points emphasized by G77:
·         Need to meet MDG target of halving extreme poverty by 2015
·         Need for international community to help developing countries achieve food security through technical assistance, technology transfer and knowledge exchange
·         Need to rec