Careful Optimism at CSD

5/21/2008 // Against the looming background of food crisis and natural disasters, the Norwegian agenda at this year’s Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) proved a pertinent and timely contribution to an arena which engage a large number multistakeholders on the way forward towards sustainable development.    

Encapsulated by the title “Changing the Way We Develop: Dealing with Disasters and Climate Change” Norway played an active part in this year’s session that focused on the following thematic issues: Agriculture, Rural development, Land, Drought, Desertification, and Africa.

Norwegian Positions
Empowerment, bottom-up approaches and locally rooted processes, women’s empowerment, climate change and disaster risk management. These were some of the focal points of the Norwegian delegation advanced during a number of interventions and statements, all of which can be found attached below. Norway held a high profile during this year’s CSD, underlining the need for inter-linkages between food security and climate change, as wells as several cross-sectorial Norwegian priorities, such as women’s empowerment, local policy and capacity building, and sustainable management of natural resources.

The side-event organized by Norway and UNDP 15 May on “Changing the Way We Develop: Dealing with Disasters and Climate Change”, turned out a success with around 100 participants. The panel discussion brought a variety of perspectives on disaster risk management and climate adaptation, contributing to a small step on the path towards bridging the gap between the development, humanitarian and climate sectors.

The Way Forward
The Norwegian delegation, represented by the Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (Norad), the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, also included NGOs, which expressed contentment at the work of the delegation. This is promising in view of the preparatory work for next year’s policy session.

Norway welcomes the Dutch presidency of CSD 17 and looks forward to a constructive and successful policy session in New York next spring.

Norwegian Statements at the CSD 16:

Access to Water and Sanitation
Statement by Senior Advisor Mr. Semund Haukland at the Review of CSD-13 Decisions on Water & Sanitation 13 May 2008

SIDS – a Stronger Voice
Statement by higher executive officer Ellen Svendsen on Small Island Developing States 12 May 2008

Cross-sectoral Themes
Presentation by Ambassador Ms. Mona E. Brøther at the thematic discussions on Inter-linkages and all Cross-cutting Issues 9 May 2008

How can we Deliver as One?
Statement by ambassador Ms. Mona E. Brøther at the thematic discussions on Inter-linkages and all Cross-cutting Issues 9 May 2008

Agricultural Development in Africa
Statement by Senior Advisor Mr. Micheal G. Angstreich at the thematic discussions on Africa 8 May 2008

Land Management Policy in Norway
Statement by Senior Advisor Mr. Jon Heikki Aas at the thematic discussions on Land 7 May 2008

Desertification and Drought
Statement by Senior Advisor Mr. Jon Heikki Aas at the thematic discussions on Desertification 7 May 2008

Women in Agriculture
Statement by Senior Advisor Mr. Jon Heikki Aas at the thematic discussions on Rural Development 6 May 2008

Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture
Statement by Senior Advisor Mr. Jon Heikki Aas at the thematic discussions on Agriculture and Rural Development 6 May 2008


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