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ICELAND:

Amb. T�mas �. T�masson reminded delegates that the success of the CSD will not only depend upon the CSD itself but the active work of each and every country in implementing the results of UNCED. Innovative financing should become a central strategic theme of the upcoming CSD working group meeting on finance. Other issues of importance are the growing emphasis on the development and transfer of environmentally sound technologies, improving the link between technology transfer and capacity building, and increased South-South cooperation for improving the adaptation of imported technologies and enhancing the use and development of indigenous, local and traditional knowledge. Addressing the interface of trade, environment and development is yet another issue of international significance. Fruitful international environmental collaboration also requires solid regional and institutional support. The Nordics also support the work of the Conference on Straddling and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks, the Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States, the national and regional implementation of the Forest Principles, the INCD and Habitat II. He noted that last May the UNEP Governing Council accepted the offer of the US to host in the fall of 1995 an Intergovernmental Conference on the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities. Iceland has offered to host the final preparatory meeting for this conference in the spring of 1995. Finally, the Nordics feel that the effect of military activities on the environment has not received sufficient attention and underline the importance of getting an overview of activities in this field.