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At the beginning of the week the entire preamble was in brackets since delegates did not have sufficient time to address it during the September PrepCom session. By the conclusion of the week, the brackets around the entire preamble were removed but many of the paragraphs contained therein remain in brackets.

Two of the three paragraphs in the chapeau, which acknowledge that this Conference is the first global conference on sustainable development and the implementation of Agenda 21 and note the contents of the Programme of Action, still remain bracketed. Other sections of the preamble that remain in brackets are as follows:

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