CSD 18 Commences Review of Transport, Chemicals, Waste Management, Mining and Sustainable Consumption and Production

3 May 2010: The 18th session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 18) is meeting in New York, US, to consider the thematic cluster of transport, chemicals, waste management, mining, and the 10-year framework of programmes on sustainable consumption and production patterns (SCP).

The CSD meets annually in two-year “Implementation Cycles,” with each cycle focusing on one thematic cluster alongside cross-sectoral issues. Each cycle is comprised of a Review Year and a Policy Year. CSD 18 will thus conduct a review of barriers and constraints in implementation, as well as lessons learned and best practices, in relation to the thematic cluster. CSD 19, in May 2011, will convene as the “Policy Year” for this thematic cluster, when delegates will negotiate policy recommendations based on CSD 18's review of the issues.

Delegates' consideration of transport will be informed by an intersessional meeting titled "International Expert Group Meeting: United Nations Forum on Climate Change Mitigation, Fuel Efficiency and Sustainable Urban Transport," which met in Seoul, Republic of Korea, from 16-17 March 2010. Participants at that meeting developed a number of recommendations related to: trends and issues in urban transport; public transport in urban areas; financing of public transport in developing countries; social and safety concerns; the role of city administrations in the development of urban public transport; technologies for curbing growth of emissions from motor vehicles; innovative transport business models and green growth; policy options for curbing growth of emissions from motor vehicles; urban planning and measures to promote sustainable urban transport; and enhancing policy coherence to address the transport challenges. [IISD RS coverage of CSD 18] [DSD CSD 18 website]