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HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT: The High-Level Segment still has approximately 20 speakers on the list. The ministers are also expected to discuss specific items. Economics and sustainable development, with a focus on technology and finance, was scheduled to be discussed in the morning. Trade and sustainable development and production and consumption patterns was scheduled for the afternoon. Look for a rearrangement of the schedule due to the number of ministers who wish to give prepared statements and the length of those statements!

HIGH-LEVEL PANEL DISCUSSION: At 5:00 pm a panel discussion on women and sustainable development is scheduled to take place. Invited panelists include: Nancy Barry (President, Women's World Banking); Sheila Copps (Minister for the Environment, Canada); Elizabeth Dowdeswell (UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNEP); Dr. Nafis Sadik (Executive Director of UNFPA and Secretary-General of the International Conference on Population and Development); and Chief Bisi Ogunleye (Nigeria).

INFORMAL NEGOTIATING GROUP: It is possible that the informal negotiating group chaired by Namibia will continue today. This group was established to negotiate the Chair's draft text on changing consumption and production patterns. The first meeting was held Wednesday evening and the group is supposed to achieve consensus by today.