United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)
The United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) represents a unique forum for addressing complex sustainable development and cross-cutting issues in an integrated manner while involving both governments and non-governmental stakeholders. The Czech Republic attaches great importance to the role of the CSD in providing leadership on sustainable development within the United Nations system. The Czech Republic was a CSD member in 1993 - 1994, 1997 – 2002 and 2006 – 2009. The Czech Republic was the CSD Chair in 2001 (Mr Bedřich Moldan) and as the CSD Vice-Chair in 1993 (Mr Bedřich Moldan), 2002 (Mr Jan Kára) and 2007 (Mr Jiří Hlaváček).
The preparation of the Czech Republic for the CSD sessions
At the national level, the Working Group (WG) for the Coordination of Preparations for the CSD Sessions ensures the complex preparation of the Czech Republic for the annual CSD sessions, including the national reporting, and follow-up coordination of the implementation of the adopted CSD outcomes. This WG is a working body of the Government Council of the Czech Republic for Sustainable Development. The WG is headed by the Executive Vice-Chair of the Government Council on Sustainable Development and Minister of the Environment of the Czech Republic, Mr Pavel Drobil. The Director of the Department of Multilateral Relations of the Ministry of the Environment, Mr Jiří Hlaváček, is the Executive Secretary of the WG. Members of the WG include representatives of the Ministries, the academic community and non-governmental organizations in connection to the thematic focus of the CSD. The basic document governing the work of the WG is the updated Strategy for Sustainable Development of the Czech Republic under the title "Strategic Framework for Sustainable Development in the Czech Republic", adopted in 2010.
Following the accession to the European Union, the Czech Republic has been fully involved in the respective Working Party of the Council of the European Union, which coordinates the preparation of the European Union for the CSD sessions. It participates actively in the formulation of the EU priorities and goals in the CSD framework. The basic document observed by the EU Members States is the EU Strategy on Sustainable Development, adopted in 2001 and renewed in 2006.
The 16th Session of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-16) was held at the UN Headquarters in New York on 5 – 16 May 2008. The CSD-16 was the review session in the first year of the two-year implementation CSD cycle (2008 – 2009) focusing on agriculture, rural development, land, drought, and desertification and Africa. The outcome of CSD-16 is the Chair´s Summary Part I. and Part II
The policy year of the CSD, which had been launched after the CSD-16, was completed at the CSD-17 in New York on 4 – 15 May 2009. At the CSD-17 the Czech Republic as the Presidency in the Council of the European Union conducted the negotiations on CSD policy decisions on behalf of the EU. After complex negotiations, the CSD policy decisions in agriculture, rural development, land, drought, desertification, Africa, and cross-cutting issues were successfully adopted to expedite the implementation of sustainable development goals..
The meeting held on 1-2 December 2009 in Geneva evaluated progress made in implementing sustainable development goals in the thematic cluster of the current CSD cycle in the UNECE region and identified obstacles and constraints. The topics of the CSD cycle in 2009 – 2011 are as follows: Transport; Chemicals; Waste management; Mining; and 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption & Production Patterns. The outcome of the meeting is the Chairperson´s Summary
CSD-18 was held at the UN Headquarters in New York on 3 – 14 May 2010. It was the review session in the first year of the two-year implementation CSD cycle (2010 – 2011) focusing on Transport; Chemicals; Waste management; Mining; and 10 Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption & Production Patterns. The outcome of CSD-18 is the Chair´s Summary Based on the CSD-18 outcomes, the policy session of CSD-19, to be held in New York on 2-13 May 2010, will negotiate policy decisions in above-mentioned themes.
National focal point
Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic
Department of Multilateral Relations
100 00 Prague 10
Mr Přemysl Štěpánek
Phone: +420 267 122 309
Fax: +420 267 310 015
E-mail: PhDr. Přemysl Štěpánek
Contact person/office abroad:
Permanent Mission of the Czech Republic to the United Nations
1109-1111 Madison Avenue,
10028 New York
H.E. Mr Martin Palouš Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the United Nations in New York