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PLENARY: This morning, the CSD will focus on Agenda Item 6, 'Review of the sectoral issues.' Sir Martin Holdgate will present the report of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Sectoral Issues and the Chairs of the Biological Diversity Convention and the Convention to Combat Desertification will present progress reports. This will be followed by a panel discussion on sectoral issues.

In the afternoon, the CSD will focus on Agenda Item 3, a general discussion on progress in the implementation of Agenda 21, focusing on cross-sectoral issues and the critical elements of sustainability. Topics include: trade, environment and sustainable development; consumption patterns; combating poverty; and demographic dynamics. An evening session has been scheduled to accommodate the anticipated number of speakers .

OECD BRIEFING: The OECD Director for Environment and other OECD staff will give a briefing on current OECD work related to this year's CSD Agenda at 1:15 in Room 9.

THIRD WORLD NETWORK FORUM ON BIOTECHNOLOGY: There will be a forum today on 'Biotechnology: Panacea or Peril?' at 1:00 pm in Conference Room 1.