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PLENARY: The PrepCom for the Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States will open today at 10:30 am in the Trusteeship Council Chamber. The meeting will begin with statements by Under-Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development Nitin Desai and PrepCom Chair Amb. Penelope Wensley. The Committee is expected to adopt the agenda for the meeting (A/CONF.167/PC/5 and Corr.1) and begin the general debate on Agenda Items 2 and 3. The first speakers are expected to be the Group of 77, AOSIS and the European Community.

The adoption of the agenda may provoke some discussion. The general debate on Agenda Items 2 and 3 is scheduled to last four days. However, given the fact that this session includes only nine working days (Monday, 6 September being a US holiday), some delegates may wish to cut the general debate down to two days. Thus far there are no evening, weekend or holiday meetings scheduled. Considering the announcement last week by UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali regarding a wide range of cost-cutting measures that will be instituted during the forthcoming session of the General Assembly, it seems unlikely that additional meetings will be scheduled.