CSD “Laid to Rest” and Resurrected

The Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), after its 20-year lifetime, has been formally replaced by the High Level Political Forum (HLPF). The HLPF will operate in a “hybrid” format under the auspices of both the General Assembly (GA) and the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). We, the NGOs, are happy about this arrangement, because we are able to give input at meetings run by ECOSOC, but usually not at meetings under the GA, which include heads of state. Those of you who liked attending the Commission on Sustainable Development will be happy to know that HLPF meetings under ECOSOC rules will meet every year for eight days. Starting in 2016 the meetings will conduct regular reviews on the follow-up and implementation of sustainable development commitments and objectives…so Rio +20 will live on!  If you want to read more, visit here.