German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN)


Profile: CSD

United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD)
founded in 1992


53 members; Germany joined in 1993. UN states that are not members of CSD, non-UN states and international governmental and non-governmental organisations have observer status.


The Commission on Sustainable Development was set up to ensure effective follow-up of the United Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) – the 1992 Rio de Janeiro Earth Summit. CSD reports to the United Nations at various levels about progress on implementing UNCED resolutions (including Agenda 21, the Rio Declaration and the Forest Principles). It also issues recommendations and supports international dialogue on sustainable development.


CSD is a commission of, and reports to, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It is made up of UN member states elected by ECOSOC for three years at a time. Regular sessions are held annually. Ad-hoc working groups also meet on specific issues between sessions. CSD resolutions only have the status of recommendations but promote the sustainable development idea in the UN and its member states. CSD resolutions are also incorporated in other international negotiating processes, including the Convention on Biological Diversity.


Secretariat of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development
United Nations Plaza New York 10017 USA
Tel: +1-212-963 3170
Fax: +1-212-963 4260


BfN activities:

BfN assists the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU). Together with the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), BMU is responsible for Germany’s part in the CSD.

Further information

CSD website

ECOSOC website


Last Change: 15/06/2010