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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 discussions more interactive involving all stakeholders in our discussions.

The EU and its Member States have always supported the strong participation of Major groups and Stakeholders in the work of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development. We are convinced that it is one of the main added values of the CSD, showing a good example of the implementation of Principle 10 of the Rio declaration also to other international institutions and bodies. In implementing the decisions of CSD-19 we need all stakeholders to play an active role: governments, UN Agencies, Funds and Programs, regional groups and institutions, international financial institutions and major groups.

Facilitating the implementation of CSD decisions on the ground contributes also to strengthening the role of CSD through making its operation more effective. In this regard, the EU and its Member States have maintained a fruitful and open dialogue with partners, which has proved to be very useful in establishing efficient cooperation patterns as well as in improving sustainable development policies.

The EU and its Member States are committed to take on our 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 (ODA), 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, but also a cross-cutting issue that is being further mainstreamed in all our external assistance programs and policies.

The 19th session of the CSD offered us an excellent opportunity to address the issues of this cycle in the context of the international sustainable development 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.

In our view, one issue that requires particular attention is the 10-Year Framework of Programs on SCP. We believe that the adoption of the 10 YFP on SCP constitutes an essential encouragement and inspiration from the CSD to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development to be held in June 2012 in Rio and that the implementation of the 10 YFP on SCP will contribute to create a more sustainable and resource-efficient future for all.

Thank you.

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