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U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development

The U.N. Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD) was created at the UN Conference on Environment and Development in 1992.  The CSD was the high-level forum for sustainable development within the United Nations system, with responsibility for reviewing progress and providing guidance on the implementation of sustainable development agreements such as Agenda 21, The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, and the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation.  The CSD met annually in New York, in two-year cycles, with each cycle focusing on clusters of specific thematic and cross-sectoral issues, as outlined in its multi-year program of work

CSD-18/CSD-19, which was held in 2012/11, focused ondeveloping a “10-year framework of programs on sustainable consumption and production patterns" (10YFP on SCP), as called for at the Johannesburg Summit.  The 10YFP on SCP has the objective of supporting regional and national initiatives to accelerate the shift towards sustainable patterns of consumption and production that will promote social and economic development within the carrying capacity of ecosystems.  The 10YFP on SCP was adopted at Rio+20. 

Rio+20 called for a universal intergovernmental high level political forum to eventually replace the CSD, with the aim of convening the first high level forum at the beginning of the 68th session of the General Assembly (September 2013).