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RULES OF PROCEDURE: An informal open-ended consultation was convened in an attempt to resolve the outstanding issues in rules 22, paragraph 1 and rule 31. These issues deal with: the number of the COP Bureau members (three or nine Vice-Chairpersons), and Bureau members of the subsidiary bodies (four or nine); whether every geographical region should be represented by two members on the Bureau or if Africa should be allowed three members; and if due regard should be paid to the representation of regions referred to in the implementation annexes of the Convention when appointing members to the COP Bureau. Despite substantial attempts to resolve these issues, no agreement was reached. Informal consultations may continue during this week.