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EU at the UN

The EU's commitment to effective multilateralism, with the UN at its core, is a central element of its external action. As a UN observer with enhanced status, the EU delegation coordinates with its 28 Member States to speak with one voice. The EU also works closely with the UN secretariat and its agencies, funds & programmes, partnering on a range of global issues and challenges.

Distinguished Chair, Distinguished Delegates,

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the EU and its 27 Member States.

Let me begin by congratulating the CSD19 Chair, his Excellency László Borbély, on the outstanding work he has done to make CSD 19 IPM discussions more interactive and to guarantee a full involvement of all stakeholders.

We are convinced that the strong participation of Major groups and Stakeholders in the work of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development is one of the main added values of the CSD, setting a good example of the implementation of Principle 10 of the Rio declaration. No country or group of countries can face alone addressing sustainable development challenges: all stakeholders have a role to play; governments, UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes, regional groups and institutions, international financial institutions and major groups.

We have always supported actions to strengthen the role of CSD, aiming at more effective operation of the Commission, with the overall purpose of facilitating the implementation of its decisions on the ground. In this regard, the EU has maintained a fruitful and open dialogue with partners, considering ideas and suggestions, which have proved to be very useful in understanding the different sides’ positions.

The EU and its 27 Member States are committed to take on their responsibilities in the implementation process and to continue cooperation with all partners and stakeholders in implementing CSD decisions. This will be done through actions at the national and the EU levels, but also in international cooperation in line with the principles of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and the Accra Agenda for Action.

As the world’s biggest donor, providing around 60 per cent of the world’s overall Official Development Assistance, the EU and its Member States are committed to eradicating poverty in the context of sustainable development, including the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This is the overarching objective of our development policy, as expressed in our European Consensus on Development. Ensuring environmental sustainability is not only one of the MDGs (actually MDG 7), but also a cross-cutting issue that needs to be mainstreamed in all our external assistance programmes and policies..

In the review year of this CSD cycle in May 2010 an analysis was made on the progress and remaining gaps in the implementation of Agenda 21 and Johannesburg Plan of Implementation in the thematic clusters, including inter-linkages and cross-cutting issues. This year, at the policy session in CSD 19 we have to identify together measures and possible actions to overcome barriers and bridge gaps in the implementation of the commitments made in Rio and Johannesburg.

The 19th session of the CSD offers us an excellent opportunity to address the issues of chemicals, waste, mining, transport and Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in the broader international environmental agenda and to advance an integrated approach to tackling these issues – for example stressing the linkages between chemicals and waste management (including mining waste) policies, the need for looking at synergies of the various international processes related to chemicals, the importance of the life-cycle approach and resource and energy efficiency, with a particular attention to the transport and mining sector.

We are looking forward to continuing further discussions on the above topics, preparing the ground for ambitious, but realistic results to be adopted at CSD 19.

We are eager to hear even in more details what are stakeholders’ expectations for an outcome of CSD 19 in relation to the thematic issues of the current cycle.

In our view, one issue that requires particular attention is the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on SCP (10 YFP on SCP). We hope that the adoption of the 10 YFP on SCP will be one of the major outcomes of CSD 19, which, if meets our expectations and ambitions, can pave the way to the implementation of a more sustainable, resource efficient and green future for all.

Thank you.

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