United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)

Commission du développement durable des Nations Unies (CDD)

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1993-02-12 New York NY USA


12 Feb 1993, New York NY (USA), by decision 1993/207 of E-XE3377 - ECOSOC, as a functional commission of ECOSOC. The Commission is a major institutional result of S-XF2327 - United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), also referred to as 'Earth Summit' and as 'Rio Conference', which took place on 3-14 Jun 1992, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), by decision of the General Assembly of A-XA3375 - United Nations (UN), Dec 1989. The Commission is also referred to as Commission on Sustainable Development and as UNCSD. First Session: 14-25 Jun 1993, New York NY. First 5-year overall review and appraisal of implementation of Agenda 21: 21-23 Jun 1997. Second overall review: 2002. Work of the U-XE3532 - United Nations Committee on Energy and Natural Resources for Development was terminated and transferred to CSD. Final session held Sep 2013, when replaced by United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which commenced activities Sep 2013.


Review progress at international, regional and national levels in implementation of recommendations and commitments contained in the final documents of: the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg (South Africa) Plan of Implementation); the Earthsummit Plus 5+ (Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21); the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) (Agenda 21); the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. Elaborate policy guidance and options for future activities to follow up the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation and achieve sustainable development; promote dialogue and build partnerships for sustainable development with government, the international community and major groups identified in Agenda 21 (see NGO relations) as key actors outside the government who have a major role to play in the transition towards sustainable development; focus on reviewing and monitoring progress in implementation through a broad exchange of views and experiences, best practice and lessons learned; enhance linkages between global, regional and national endeavours; integrate process that enhances coherence between implementation of Agenda 21 initiatives and partnerships; encourage greater involvement at the regional level.


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Commission, meeting in annual session, always in New York NY (USA), comprises 53 UN member states, elected annually by ECOSOC for a 3-year term on the basis of: 13 from Africa; 11 from Asia; 6 from Eastern Europe; 10 from Latin America and the Caribbean; 13 from Western Europe and other states. Bureau, comprising Chairman and 4 Vice-Chairmen. Secretariat located within UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA).


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