United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development: Report on the 9th Session, 16-27 April 2001

Sectors : Energy, climate change and technology, Sustainable development, Environmental degradation and natural resource management, International partnerships and support for Pan-African institutions, Energy, Gender and social development, Transport, Climate change technology and research, Investment
Organisation : UN
Date made: 
2001
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Commitments in: Technology - Energy, climate change and technology

“Decision 9/1
Energy for sustainable development...
 
...(e) Support electricity services based on grid extension and/or decentralized energy technologies, particularly in isolated areas, as appropriate;

(f) Strengthen national and regional research and development institutions/centres on energy for sustainable development, including renewable energy technologies, energy efficiency, advanced energy technologies, including advanced fossil fuel technologies, and sustainable use of traditional energy resources;

(g) Promote an environment which enables the public sector, the private sector and, as appropriate, energy cooperatives, including through public-private partnerships, to engage in the generation, transmission and distribution of electricity at affordable rates and in the transfer of technology;

(h) Develop renewable energy, especially in rural areas, through communitybased development methods;

(i) Enhance developing countries’ access to environmentally sound and economically viable technologies relating to energy for sustainable development;”
 

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Development partnerships - International partnerships and support for Pan-African institutions

“Decision 9/2
Protection of the atmosphere…

...7. Noting the importance of several international legal instruments for global cooperation to protect the atmosphere, the Commission decides to:

(a) Encourage further cooperation of relevant international bodies and the promotion of synergies in the implementation of multilateral environmental agreements, including the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Convention on Biological Diversity and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, especially in Africa;

(b) Note the ongoing negotiation under UNFCCC and the Kyoto Protocol;

(c) Note that land degradation and desertification contribute to air pollution, and vice-versa, and note the importance of mobilizing adequate financial resources for the implementation of the Convention to Combat Desertification, and urge all Parties to the Convention to carry out their respective obligations;

(d) Encourage countries, to the extent that they have not yet done so, to consider ratifying or acceding to the Montreal Protocol and its amendments as soon as possible;

(e) Encourage all Parties to the Montreal Protocol and its amendments to achieve and maintain compliance with their associated obligations, in particular the adequate and timely replenishment to the multilateral fund under the Montreal Protocol;

(f) Encourage and support the efforts of Parties to the Montreal Protocol to further examine ways of promoting the use of environmentally sound alternatives to”
 

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Infrastructure - Energy

“Decision 9/1
Energy for sustainable development...

...10. Governments, continuing to have responsibility to develop and apply energy policies to achieve sustainable development, are invited to consider the following options, as appropriate:

(a) Combining, as appropriate, the increased use of renewable energy sources, more efficient use of energy, greater reliance on advanced energy technologies, including advanced fossil fuel technologies, and the sustainable use of traditional energy resources, which could meet the growing needs for energy services in the longer term to achieve sustainable development;”
 

Scope: 
International

“Decision 9/1
Energy for sustainable development...

...10. Governments, continuing to have responsibility to develop and apply energy policies to achieve sustainable development, are invited to consider the following options, as appropriate:...

 ...(m) Strengthening the role of major groups, including women, inter alia, through participation in decision-making, as appropriate;”
 

Scope: 
International

“Decision 9/1
Energy for sustainable development...

...10. Governments, continuing to have responsibility to develop and apply energy policies to achieve sustainable development, are invited to consider the following options, as appropriate:...
 
...(n) Supporting energy conservation programmes in all economic sectors;”
 

Scope: 
International

“Decision 9/1
Energy for sustainable development...

...10. Governments, continuing to have responsibility to develop and apply energy policies to achieve sustainable development, are invited to consider the following options, as appropriate:...
 
...(o) Strengthening existing national and local institutions that develop, implement and operate national programmes on energy for sustainable development;

(p) Supporting research, development and demonstration for the abovementioned activities towards energy for sustainable development, including on transport systems; and enhancing regional and international cooperation in the research and development in these areas.”
 

Scope: 
International

“Decision 9/1
Energy for sustainable development...

...13. Governments, taking into account their national circumstances, are encouraged to:

(a) Establish or strengthen national and regional arrangements for promoting energy accessibility within the country;

(b) Improve access to modern biomass technologies and fuel wood sources and supplies and commercializing biomass operations, including the use of agricultural residues, where such practices are sustainable;

(c) Support the transition to the use of liquid and gaseous fossil fuels, where considered more environmentally sound, socially acceptable and cost-effective;

(d) Develop locally available energy resources for greater energy diversification, where considered more environmentally sound, socially acceptable and cost-effective, with increasing use of renewable energy resources;”
 

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Environment - Sustainable development

“Decision 9/1
Energy for sustainable development...

...8. Foremost in the developing countries’ priorities is the eradication of poverty for the furtherance of sustainable development. Efforts should therefore be made to ensure that energy policies are supportive to developing countries’ efforts to eradicate poverty, with financial assistance, as appropriate...”
 

Scope: 
International

“Decision 9/2
Protection of the atmosphere

6... (e) Promote sustainable consumption and production patterns, particularly in developed countries;”
 

Scope: 
International

“Decision 9/1
Energy for sustainable development...

...10. Governments, continuing to have responsibility to develop and apply energy policies to achieve sustainable development, are invited to consider the following options, as appropriate:...
 
...(c) Establishing an appropriate enabling environment conducive to attracting investments and supportive of the objectives of sustainable development and to ensuring public participation;”
 

Scope: 
International

“Decision 9/1
Energy for sustainable development...

...10. Governments, continuing to have responsibility to develop and apply energy policies to achieve sustainable development, are invited to consider the following options, as appropriate:...
 
...(i) Enhancing international cooperation in order to assist countries, in particular developing countries, in their efforts to achieve energy for sustainable development;

(j) All countries should strive to promote sustainable consumption patterns; developed countries should take the lead in achieving sustainable consumption patterns; developing countries should seek to achieve sustainable consumption patterns in their development process, guaranteeing the provision of basic needs for the poor;

(k) Encouraging public-private partnerships with a view to advancing energy for sustainable development;”
 

Scope: 
International

Commitments in: Gender - Gender and social development

“Decision 9/1
Energy for sustainable development...
 
...(j) Support equal access for women to sustainable and affordable energy technologies through needs assessments, energy planning and policy formulation at the local and national levels.”
 

Scope: 
International