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New Zealand

said that the CSD's challenge is to strike the right balance between keeping the political spotlight on environment and development issues, and going about the nuts and bolts work of implementation of Agenda 21. To ensure that the CSD does not go the way of some other UN organizations and become bogged down in bureaucracy, New Zealand believes there is room to improve the current guidelines for national reporting. Similarly, Australia said that the current guidelines for the preparation of national reports may be so difficult as to discourage governments. The CSD should consider ways to simplify the guidelines for national reports and facilitate their voluntary preparation.