Business Gears Up for UN Commission on Sustainable Development

3978_image001Join USCIB and the International Chamber of Commerce as we represent business and industry at the upcoming meeting of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), May 3-14 at United Nations headquarters in New York City.

For two weeks, USCIB representatives will attend the 18th session of UN CSD, and we are actively seeking USCIB members to take part in the delegation.

The CSD reviews international governmental actions and implementation of commitments arising from Agenda 21 and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, with a specific focus on chemicals, mining, sustainable consumption and production, transport and waste management.

CSD-18 will provide U.S. companies and business organizations with an opportunity to review policies relating to the five focus areas.  It will also serve as a forum for business and industry to showcase positive efforts being made in these areas of sustainable development, and to present successful examples of progress and achievement.

During CSD-18, USCIB and ICC will facilitate business and industry input and participation.  As part of a recognized “major group,” industry representatives can participate through interventions, question-and-answer sessions, and presentations in several interactive portions of the two-week agenda.

To learn more about the CSD 18 meetings, agenda and themes, please visit

Please contact Kate Whitelaw ( by April 29 if you wish to take advantage of any of the following opportunities:

  • Participate in the ICC delegation to CSD-18
  • Be kept abreast of developments in CSD-18
  • Be consulted when we seek comments on draft statements to CSD-18
  • Offer examples of progress or achievement towards sustainable development in the thematic areas of chemicals, mining, sustainable consumption and production, transport and waste management.

We hope that you will take advantage of this opportunity to shape global policies on these vital areas of sustainable development, and to help us highlight how American business is bringing important progress to the five themes presented at UN CSD.

Staff contacts: Norine Kennedy, Kate Whitelaw

UN Commission on Sustainable Development website

More on USCIB’s Environment Committee

Staff Contact:   Norine Kennedy

Senior VP, Policy and Global Strategy
Tel: 212.703.5052

Norine Kennedy promotes U.S. business participation in international environmental policy and management initiatives, and works closely with industry, government and NGOs to promote sustainable development and green growth. She also spearheads USCIB’s strategic international engagement initiative, which seeks to advance meaningful business participation and regulatory diplomacy in inter-governmental organizations.
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