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The World Summit on Sustainable Development
Fourth Preparatory Committee (WSSD PrepCom
Bali, Indonesia | 25 May - 7 June 2002

Friday, 31 May

Delegates met in a morning Plenary to discuss accreditation of the Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy, to hear reports from the Working Groups and to discuss the organization of work for the day. Following the Plenary, Working Group III convened all day and into the evening. An Informal Plenary with Working Groups I and II combined was held in the afternoon and evening to go over revised text and in an effort to resolve bracketed text. Contact groups on Africa, energy, oceans, and finance continued to meet throughout the day and into the evening.



Joanne DiSano, Director, Division for Sustainable
 Development, with Chair Salim

India and Brazi (above photo) Joanne DiSano, speaking with the conference room officers


On behalf of Working Group I, Kiyotaka Akasaka (Japan) explained that about 80 percent of the text is agreed, but additional time is needed for consideration of contentious issues, specifically energy and oceans. The text from these groups will come later. Several issues remain in brackets, including: how to deal with the issue of common but differentiated responsibilities; on technical and financial assistance, as this is being discussed in Working Group II on trade-related subsidies; and whether to use the term "launch" or "promote."

Richard Ballhorn, Canada
, provided a report of the progress made in Working Group II. He identified remaining unresolved issues, specifically trade and finance and sustainable development for Africa, which are being considered in contact groups. He noted new paragraphs that were proposals from other regional groups, specifically, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and Pacific, and the UNECE, focused on Central and Eastern Europe. He highlighted means of implementation as probably the most contentious topic, also the subject of a contact group.

(L-R) Indonesia, Nitin Desai Secretary General to WSSD, and Chair Salim

Delegates from Egypt and Indonesia

Algeria in discussion with a delegate before the start of Plenary


Receiving the revised Chairman's text

In closing the Plenary, Chair Salim explained the goals and expectations of the afternoon's Informal Plenary.

(Audio 1) and (Audio 2)
Vote on Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy

Regarding accreditation of the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, China opposed voting on its accreditation and proposed taking no action, which was put to a vote

Below: Pakistan and Cuba supported taking no action

The EU and the US opposed taking no action
Vladimir Zelenov, UN Conference Services facilitated the roll call vote called by China, in accordance with paragraph 2 of Rule 67 of the Functional Commission of the ECOSOC.
Norzin Dolma, G.N., Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
Informal Plenary 

The podium during the Informal Plenary 

The EU and Hungary (far right)
The US consulting

G-77/China consulting

On the contribution of industrial development to poverty eradication, delegates agreed on the chapeau and all subparagraphs in the section, except one on provision of assistance to increase income generating employment opportunities respecting ILO core labor standards, which the G-77/China opposed. Delegates also accepted the chapeau and all subparagraphs on achieving a significant improvement, by 2020, in the lives of at least 100 million slum dwellers, as proposed in the "Cities Without Slums" initiative.

Informal Plenary

Delegates accepted paragraphs on: water management and efficiency plans; support for efforts to monitor and assess the quantity and quality of water resources; coordination among the various international and intergovernmental bodies and processes working on water-related issues; and an integrated, multi-hazard, inclusive approach to address vulnerability, risk assessment and disaster management.

The EU consults with the G-77/China

The US

Delegates could not agree on whether loss of natural resources should be "halted" or "reversed." Also contested were whether to "launch a programme of actions" or "launch action programmes" to achieve the Millennium Development Goal on safe drinking water, and whether to tie these actions with a goal on improved sanitation. The US preferred discussing at once all references in the Paper to: new and additional financial resources; technical and financial support; and technological, technical and financial assistance.

Beat Nobs, Switzerland

              Maria Rita Fontes, Brazil

The US and Japan consulting


Working Group III: Governance

Co-Chair Ositadinma Anaedu, Nigeria (right)

There was extensive discussion on how to reflect the decision of the Seventh Special Session of the UNEP Governing Council/GMEF regarding its future membership.


Contact Group: Energy

Co-Chair Gustavo Ainchil, Argentina, and Alison Ormsby, ENB writer

The contact group on energy met in an afternoon and evening session to continue discussion of contentious issues, working from a revised text.

Miscellaneous Photos:

The Greenpeace Boat: Arctic Sunrise








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