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Planning & Economic Studies Section (PESS):
Capacity Building for Sustainable Energy Development

17th Session of the Commission on Sustainable Development: CSD-17 (4-15 May 2009)

H-Holger Rogner, Former Head-PESS

CSD-17 FOCUS ON LAND, DROUGHT, DESERTIFICATION

The seventeenth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-17) convened from 4 to 15 May 2009, at United Nations headquarters in New York, focused on thematic areas of agriculture, rural development, land, drought, desertification, and Africa, where water was a critical cross-cutting issue. The CSD sessions provided a platform for Governments, UN, and major groups, including the private sector, to tackle the global food price crisis, meet the hunger and malnutrition challenge and contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Johannesburg targets and commitments. To access the UNDESA CSD-17 website, please click here. To access the ENB website with daily reports and an overall summary analysis of CSD-17, please click here.

Elements of Nature

IAEA SIDE EVENT ON CLIMATE, LAND, ENERGY, WATER STRATEGIES

On 11 May 2009, the IAEA organized a side event to discuss important issues facing CSD-17 in connection with providing climate, land-use, energy and water strategies. Two presentations were made. First, the preliminary findings of a joint study prepared by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) on the impact of biofuels on foods security were described by an invited speaker from IIASA. This was followed by H-Holger Rogner's (Former Head of the Planning and Economic Studies Section, IAEA) presentation on CLEWS - Climate Land Energy and Water Strategies, a case study to develop an integrated quantitative tool for combined energy, water and land use planning.

IAEA LEARNING CENTRE EVENT ON INCREASING WATER AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABLE USE BY COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT OF WATER RESOURCES

On 11 May 2009, the IAEA conducted a session at the CSD-17 Learning Centre on increasing water availability and sustainable use by comprehensive assessment of water resources. Issues arising from a lack of detailed water resources assessments, particularly groundwater assessments, were discussed. With 97% of available freshwater underground, the groundwater resource is vital, yet it is often poorly understood and poorly managed. A reliable assessment of water resources improves the ability of governments to meet the MDGs and commitments in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (JPOI).