Day 9 at CSD-18

It was the morning of childhood dreams coming true. The opening session of the High Level Segment (strange name, I know) took place in the General Assembly hall and I was allowed to sit at the seat of the Women’s Major Group. The following speakers spoke: H.E. Dr. Luis Alberto Ferraté Felice (Chair of CSD-18), H.E. Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki (President of the 64th session of the General Assembly), H.E. Mr. Hamidon Ali (President of ECOSOC), H.E. Ms. Gerda Verburg (Chair of CSD-17), Dr. Ernst Ulrich von Weizsacker (Co-Chair, International Panel for Sustainable Resource Management), and Dr. Ashok Koshla (President of IUCN).

I especially liked the speech of the ECOSOC Director. He talked about women as agents of change (yeah!! – all our hard work over the past years has resulted in this acknowledgement) and that empowering women is essential for sustainable development. He also said that gender equality must be fully integrated in all processes related to sustainable development. I’m hoping the UN will put up his whole speech on their website later.

Gerda Verburg (Dutch Minster) reminded us about the paradigm shift for agriculture as a result of CSD-17. Agriculture is not longer part of the problem, but part of the solution. She again reiterated: ‘if you do what you did, you get what you got’.

It was a good opening session and I enjoyed being close to the action.

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