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The Drafting Group on the Istanbul Declaration, chaired by Balkan Kazildeli (Turkey), met on Wednesday and agreed to begin considering the format of the Declaration. Talks will continue Thursday.

Marcela Nicodemus (Brazil) chaired the Drafting Group on the “right to housing” in the afternoon, to consider relevant text in paragraphs 2bis, 9, 13, 24 and 44. The group spent most of the session on procedural matters, then began negotiations on 13. The Group determined that the text in 13 dealing with the right to adequate housing is the key language to contend with first.