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4th Implementation Cycle: Review Session
3 - 14 May 2010
New York

Preparatory Process

Thematic Seminar Series
Concept Note


The focus of the two-year cycle of CSD-18 and CSD-19 is on reviewing progress and fostering implementation of sustainable development in the areas of transport, chemicals, waste management, mining, and the 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns.

In preparation for the CSD-18 Review Session, the CSD Secretariat is launching a new and innovative Thematic Seminar Series that will present scientific and technical information on the issues under review by the Commission to Second Committee delegates and others who are active in the CSD process. The CSD Thematic Seminar Series features presentations by technical experts, video documentaries highlighting challenges and successes, and interactive discussions. It is designed to add value to the CSD process by preparing CSD-18 participants to be informed about the latest research, data, case studies and challenges that will underpin the discussions during the CSD-18 Review Session.

Each three-hour seminar focuses on one of the five thematic issue areas and will be chaired by a member of the CSD-18 Bureau. Expert speakers representing the UN system, governments, major groups, inter-governmental organizations, partnerships and inter-agency networks will serve as panelists and lead the discussions.


  1. Waste Management * [e-discussion]
    Tuesday 12 January 2010
  2. Chemicals * [e-discussion]
    Tuesday 23 February 2010
  3. 10-Year Framework of Programmes on Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns
    * [e-discussion]
    Tuesday 30 March 2010
  4. Mining * [e-discussion]
    Friday 9 April 2010
  5. Transport * [e-discussion]
    Tuesday 13 April 2010