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

Monday, 3 June

Delegates met in morning and afternoon Informal Plenary sessions to consider the updated Draft Plan of Implementation for the WSSD, released Monday morning, 3 June. The 
Draft is the consolidated text of the updated Revised Chairman's Paper. Following a brief procedural discussion by PrepCom Chair Emil Salim, the Informal Plenary transformed into an informal-informal consultation, and began consideration of the draft plan. A scheduled evening Plenary was cancelled. Working Group III continued its consideration of sustainable development governance in sessions throughout the day. Partnerships were discussed in a morning session. The contact groups on finance, regional initiatives, and good governance met during the day and in the evening.


Informals on Partnerships
Co-Chairs Diane Quarless, Jamaica, and Jan Kára, Czech Republic
Regarding financial resources, Canada said agreements have been captured best in the Monterrey Consensus, and he expressed interest in hearing more comments from developing countries. He called for increasing clarity on the monitoring and evaluation process.
Spain, for the EU (center), said partnerships must be demand-driven, not only donor-driven, and that if they are based on existing partnerships, they should have a clear added value. He also asked how the follow up mechanism for the partnerships would be developed, and said they should be referred to in the proposed Ministerial Declaration or included as an annex to the meeting report, or that a formal decision on partnerships should be negotiated. He also supported the guidance document on partnerships for energy, and asked for similar guidance for other sectors.
The Philippines expressed concern over the possibility of shifting financial resources from other programmes that are important to developing countries to partnerships. He said that new financial resources must be made available for Type II outcomes.
The US supported moving away from internationally mandated goals and targets as each country responds to its own conditions.
Eric Mann, NGOs, questioned the US focus on market-based incentives, as opposed to government regulation.
Japan opposed a strict framework for partnerships, highlighting flexibility and simplicity. He also stressed ownership of partnerships.
Robert Whitfield, Stakeholder Forum for Our Common Future, noted the distinction between partnerships and initiatives

Diane Quarless, Jamaica, said the expectation was that discussions on the follow-up mechanism for partnerships would be further along by this point, but were being held up by governance discussions, and proposed that another meeting be convened possibly on Tuesday for further discussions.

Popular Coalition to Eradicate Hunger discussed how they are scaling up their local initiatives to the national level and showing how civil society can work with national governments

Nitin Desai, Secretary-General of the WSSD, said that partnerships must be clearly focused on trying to integrate the three pillars of sustainable development, but acknowledged that any given activity will always have a certain emphasis on one objective. He said the first week in Johannesburg will address partnerships in a far more focused way, and supported discussing partnerships by themes.
Informal Plenary
Chair Salim (center) with Kiyotaka Akasaka, Japan, Ihab Gamaleldin, Egypt, Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Brazil
Delegates converge in the middle of the room after the informal Plenary breaks
Masa Nagai, Bakary Kante and Shafqat Kakakhel of UNEP discussing text in the back of the room.

On text relating to energy, Ian Fry, Tuvalu, proposed adding language regarding concerns of countries particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, but the G-77/China, the US and others opposed.

Tibor Faragó, Hungary, with Laszlo Miklos , Slovak Environment Minister


Spain consults with John Klink, US
The G-77/China and the US consult on biodiversity
Objecting to the procedure used to reach agreement on strengthening the capacity of healthcare systems to deliver basic health services and noting that the agreement reach had deviated from agreed text from past international agreements, Canada, supported by a few, reserved the right to reopen discussion on this issue in Plenary.

Khalid Abuleif, Saudi Arabia, Luis Niño, Venezuela, G-77/China, and Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Samoa, during the debate on SIDS

SIDS, agreement was reached regarding: accelerating national and regional implementation of the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of SIDS (BPA), with adequate financial resources; deletion of the reference to supporting the promotion of conservation and management of highly migratory fishstocks; and requesting the 57th UN General Assembly to consider an international meeting for the sustainable development of SIDS.

Working Group III: Governance 

Co-Chair Lars-Göran Engfeldt, Sweden, with Tonya Barnes, Secretariat

The US proposed to add a footnote to the chapeau of the objectives section, which explains that "references to Agenda 21 in the Chapter shall be deemed to include references to Rio+5 and WSSD outcomes."

Kim Girtel, Canada, with Hossein Moeini, Iran, who is negotiating governance for the G-77/China

Chair Koen Davidse, the Netherlands, during the contact group on good governance
Delegates during the contact group on good governance
Miscellaneous Photos:
Caribbean delegates

Delegates during a side event on the New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD)



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