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SUMMARY OF THE FIRST PREPCOM FOR THE WORLD SUMMIT FOR SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT: 31 JANUARY - 11 FEBRUARY 1994

The first session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the World Summit for Social Development (WSSD) met in New York from 31 January - 11 February 1994. This session was the first of three meetings of the PrepCom to be held over the next year in preparation for the World Summit, scheduled for 6-12 March 1995 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Summit will bring together Heads of State and Government from around the world to agree on a programme of action for alleviating and reducing poverty, expanding productive employment and enhancing social integration.

The objective of this session of the PrepCom was to define the expected output and provide elements for inclusion in the documents to be adopted at the Summit. Based on these elements, the Secretariat will prepare a draft negotiating text for the final documents for the second session of the PrepCom, which will be held from 22 August to 2 September 1994. The second session will then prepare a first draft of the final text of the declaration and programme of action of the Summit and the third session, which will take place in January 1995, will prepare the final provisional documents that will be adopted formally at the Summit.

At this session of the PrepCom, the first week was devoted to opening statements from governments, NGOs, UN agencies and other intergovernmental organizations. During the second week, the delegates worked to draft a series of decisions that will help guide the Secretariat and the PrepCom in the preparation of the expected outcomes of the Summit. By the conclusion of PrepCom I, delegates had agreed on the existence, format and structure of a draft declaration and draft programme of action, which will be prepared by the Secretariat by 1 June 1994, as well as the possible elements to be included in these documents.

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