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UN Commission on Sustainable Development reflections

Sitting at the airport after the Commission on Sustainable Development IPM seemed a good time to reflect on Earth Summit 2012 reflections. The week saw Stakeholder Forum host a dinner on Tuesday the 24th of February 2009. It certainly gave food for thought for those attending. Around 17 governments had people attending all in their personal capacity
The dinner looked at if the Summit was a good idea or not and report of it will appear on the Stakeholder Forum Earth Summit 2012 web site in about a week’s time. What I found interesting is the realisation by many that we are going to be facing multi crisis in the coming years and the present set up isn’t working. A summit is one way of addressing it but it may not be the only one.
This week also saw the BBC start to initiate a debate on the Summit through Richard Black's blog under the title 'Slow road to green reform'.

In the final speech by the Swiss Government to the CSD IPM they said:

"Lastly, Madam Chair, I would like to briefly address the issue of a possible Rio+20 or Stockholm+40 conference. In the UN General Assembly resolution on the implementation of Agenda 21 agreed upon last December, member states were invited to express their views on the possibility of convening a high-level event on sustainable development. We very much welcome this opportunity because it will help my Government and others to advance our thinking on this important issue. At the same time, we would like to invite all of us and also the Bureau and the Secretariat to think about ways to make use of the upcoming CSD session in May to continue this discussion in an inclusive and transparent manner."

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