Yearbook of the United Nations, 2009. Part 3, Economic and social questions. Chapter 6, Energy, natural resources and cartography
The conservation, development and use of energy and natural resources continued to be the focus of several UN bodies in 2009, including the Commission on Sustainable Development. The Commission continued to focus on the thematic cluster: agriculture, rural development, land, drought, desertification, and Africa. In a resolution adopted in May, the Commission reaffirmed that protecting and managing the natural resource base of economic and social development was an essential requirement for sustainable development. Speaking before the General Assembly in November, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) outlined the main changes in the work of IAEA over the past 12 years, including improvement of safety standards, expanded assistance to the nuclear power programmes of developing countries, and wider transfer of multilateral nuclear technology in areas such as food and agriculture, health, water resources and the environment. He expressed concern about the possibility of extremist groups having access to nuclear or radioactive materials, and stated that in addressing nuclear programme issues, the international community should let diplomacy and thorough verification take their course. Asserting that the growth of new and renewable energy was mostly a result of more favourable policies, the Secretary-General called on States to adopt policies stimulating public and private investment and encourage public-private partnerships and international cooperation. The Fifth World Water Forum was held in March under the theme “Bridging Divides for Water”. The Forum adopted the Istanbul Declaration of Heads of States on Water, the Istanbul Ministerial Statement, the Istanbul Water Guide and the Istanbul Water Consensus. The issue of transboundary water cooperation was the focus of World Water Day (22 March) and one of the main subjects of the UN-Water Annual Report 2009. The Ninth United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for the Americas adopted resolutions on mechanisms for building spatial data infrastructures, a virtual platform/forum for sharing spatial data infrastructure best practices, and support of spatial data infrastructure in the developing countries of the Americas. The Eighteenth United Nations Regional Cartographic Conference for Asia and the Pacific adopted resolutions on regional geodesy, capacity building in disaster management, and spatially enabled Government and society. The twenty-fifth session of the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names was held in May in Nairobi. In December, the Economic and Social Council endorsed its recommendations.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2009. v. 63; Vol. 63
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