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Delegates opened the session by re-electing Dr. Lin See-Yan (Malaysia) as Chair of the Working Group.

NITIN DESAI, Under-Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development (DPCSD), elaborated on the linkages between consumption and production patterns and finance. He stated that sustainable consumption and production patterns are an important component of sustainable development and, since the greater part of Agenda 21 falls outside the purview of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), there is a need to find support for implementing newly-formulated national and international action plans.

Delegates then adopted the agenda, as contained in document E/CN.17/ISWG.II/1996/1, Adoption of the agenda and other organizational matters.