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Third Regional Implementation Meeting on Sustainable Development

28 - 29 January 2008

Palais des Nations, Geneva

(RIM-3) took place in Geneva on 28-29 January 2008. Its aim was to prepare the contribution from the UNECE region to the 16th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-16) which will be held from 5 – 16 May 2008 in New York.

CSD-16 will open the third two-year cycle of its multi-year work programme with a focus on the following main thematic clusters:
a) agriculture;
b) rural development;
c) land;
d) drought;
e) desertification; and
f) Africa.

CSD-16 will evaluate progress made in implementing sustainable development goals in the above areas and identify obstacles and constraints. It will also address the challenges ahead and necessary next steps to be taken. Linkages to cross-cutting issues will also be addressed, as in every cycle.

While not all issues have the same relevance for all regions, the UNECE region will provide inputs not only with regard to progress and challenges in its member countries, but also from a donor perspective, particularly for Africa.

Participation

More than 200 delegates from the UNECE member States, intergovernmental and international organizations, as well as major groups participated in the Third Regional Implementation Meeting. The List of Participants may be found here.

Discussions at the RIM-3

The sessions of the RIM-3 meeting were organised in an interactive manner. Each session started with several key note addresses and was followed by an interactive discussion from the floor. The key note addresses and the interventions received by the UNECE Secretariat are available under in-session documents at the bottom of this page.

Outcomes of the meeting

The outcome of the Third Regional Implementation Meeting in a form of the Chair’s Summary focuses on particular obstacles encountered and major breakthroughs made regarding the implementation of actions, measures and partnerships related to the priority clusters and cross-cutting issues. The summary also highlights ways to improve the effectiveness of such implementation in the UNECE region and globally.

For further information on the outcomes of the Third Regional Implementation Meeting, please, contact:

    Ms. Monika Linn
    Principal Adviser
    Chief, Development Policies and
    Cross-Sectoral Coordination Unit
    Office of the Executive Secretary, ECE
    Phone: +41 (0)22 917 13 15
    Fax: +41 (0)22 917 01 07
    Email: monika.linn@unece.org

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Agenda (ECE/AC.25/2008/1) and Corrigendum (ECE/AC.25/2008/1/Corr.1)

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Report of the Third Regional Implementation Meeting (ECE/AC.25/2008/2)

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Agriculture, rural development, drought, desertification, and land issues affecting sustainable development in the UNECE region: achievements, trends and challenges (ECE/AC.25/2008/3)

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Sustainable growth of African agriculture in the context of climate change and desertification (ECE/AC.25/2008/4)

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Chair's Summary (ECE/AC.25/2008/5)

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Letter to the Missions to the UN in Geneva with information on the Third Regional Implementation Meeting on Sustainable Development

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Organization of work

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Key note addresses by:
Mr. Marek Belka, Executive Secretary of the UNECEPDF
Mr. Ilan Fluss, Counsellor of the Mission of Israel to the United Nations in New York to deliver a key-note address on behalf of Mr. Daniel Carmon, Deputy Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations in New York, the Vice-Chair of the 16 th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development for the Western European and Others Group PDF
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Key note addresses by:

Ms. Colien Hefferan (United States), Administrator of Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension Service of the Department of Agriculture

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Mr. Leonard Mizzi, Directorate General Agriculture, European Commission

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Mr. Volker Sasse, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations Sub-Regional Office for Central and Eastern Europe

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Ms. Elisabeth Gauffin (Sweden), Vice President of the IFAP Development Cooperation Committee & Chair of the Swedish Farmers' Federation

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Questions for the discussionPDF
Interventions from the floor and prepared statements:
EU Presidency PDF
Agenda 21 for Baltic RegionPDF
Government of the Czech Republic PDF
International Fertilizer Industry Association PDF
Government of Belgium PDF
Netherlands Women’s Council PDF
International Partners for Sustainable AgriculturePDF
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Key note addresses by:

Mr. Marek Bryx (Poland), Head of Warsaw UN-HABITAT Office on behalf of the Ministry of Infrastructure

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Mr. Makhmudzhon Khabirov (Tajikistan), Deputy Director of the Agency for Land Management, Geodesy and Cartography

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Mr. Rune Fjellheim (Denmark), Executive Secretary of the Arctic Council - the Indigenous Peoples' Secretariat

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Questions for the discussionPDF
Interventions from the floor and prepared statements:
EU Presidency PDF
The Northern Alliance for SustainabilityPDF
Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resources and Management PDF
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Key note addresses by:

Mr. Paolo Soprano (Italy), Directorate General for Development and Environmental Research of the Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea

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Mr. Bakhtioyr Kadyrov (Uzbekistan), Director of the Center of the Hydrometeorological Service

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Mr. Leopoldo Rojo Serrano (Spain), Chief of Service of the Ministry of Environment

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Mr. Arvid Solheim (Norway), Director of the Development Fund

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Questions for the discussionPDF
Interventions from the floor and prepared statements:
The OSCE concept paper on Dialogue on establishing a Drought Management Centre in Central Asia in the Context of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification PDF
United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification PDF
EU PresidencyPDF
Union for the Defence of the Aral Sea and AmudaryaPDFPDF
Government of Turkey PDF
International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movement PDF
Heifer International PDF
World Meteorological OrganizationPDF
Government of Switzerland PDF
Government of France PDF
Government of Spain PDF
Major Group on Children and YouthPDF
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Key note addresses by:

Mr. Josué Dioné, Director of the Food Security & Sustainable Development Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

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Mr. Jiri Hlavacek (Czech Republic), Director of Department of the Ministry of Environment

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Ms. Marta Hirpa, Director of the Gender Equity Programme of Heifer International

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Questions for the discussionPDF
Interventions from the floor and prepared statements:
EU Presidency PDF
Government of Switzerland PDF
International Federation of Agricultural ProducersPDFPDF
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Key note addresses by:

Ms. Nadine GOUZEE (Belgium), Task Force Sustainable Development of the Federal Planning Bureau

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Ms. Brigita Schmögnerová, Vice President of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development

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Mr. Lucien Royer (France), Senior Policy Advisor of International Trade Unions Confederation & Trade Union Advisory Council to the OECD

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Questions for the discussionPDF
Interventions from the floor and prepared statements:
EU Presidency PDF
Government of Finland PDF
The Northern Alliance for Sustainability PDF
International Partners for Sustainable Agriculture PDF
Government of France PDF
Government of TurkeyPDF
Government of Norway PDF
Netherlands Women's CouncilPDF