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Guyana President To Address UN Commission On Sustainable Development

CaribWorldNews, NEW YORK, NY, Weds. May 13, 2009: Guyana President, Bharrat Jagdeo, is scheduled to meet with and address several groups at the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development today.

Jagdeo is set to address the third implementation cycle policy session and says he will use the occasion to highlight Guyana’s position on the forestry sector and climate change. `I hope to urge the participants to focus on Copenhagen, not to miss this opportunity because if we miss the opportunity and the developed countries of the world don’t take tough measures to cut emission levels, in Copenhagen, it could lead to a catastrophe for the whole world but more particularly for the developing world,` President Jagdeo asserted.

The Commission on Sustainable Development was established by the UN General Assembly in December 1992 to ensure effective follow-up of the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development. It is responsible for reviewing progress in the implementation of the Agenda 21 program and the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development which is a comprehensive blueprint action to be taken globally, nationally and locally by organizations of the UN, governments and major groups in every area where humans impact on the environment.

The Policy session of the third implementation cycle, CSD 17th session will focus on thematic issues including agriculture, drought, desertification and land and rural development.

President Jagdeo has been lobbying internationally for avoided deforestation to be included as a key component in the Copenhagen agreement which has taken him to some of the most prestigious events such as the World Economic Forum in Switzerland. He has also met with several leaders including Norway’s Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Britain’s Prince Charles on the same issue.