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GENERAL DEBATE ON THE CORE ISSUES TO BE ADDRESSED BY THE SUMMIT

During the week-long general debate, the PrepCom heard statements by approximately 75 government delegations, 20 non-governmental organizations, and 15 intergovernmental organizations and UN agencies. A number of specific themes emerged during the course of the debate and Somav�a summarized them as follows. The first theme pertained to the global social situation. Somav�a said that many delegates had noted that:

The second theme pertained to the political perception of the debate. Somav�a noted the following key comments:

The third theme is related to the concept of a common vision for the Summit. Somav�a noted that most delegates shared the view that the basic objective of the WSSD is to express the commitment to put humans at the center of development and political activity. This requires ensuring the dignity of the human person and the great diversity of society as well as accepting diversity as a value and not as something that should be fought against. Other visions for the Summit, as expressed by delegates, include:

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