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THINGS TO LOOK FOR TODAY

PLENARY: The Plenary will meet briefly this morning to approve: the method of work for the first week; NGO accreditation; and other outstanding procedural matters.

PROGRAMME OF WORK: By mid-morning, the Plenary will be transformed into a Committee of the Whole (chaired by Amb. Somav�a) to take up formal negotiations on the Declaration and Chapter V of the Programme of Action. At the same time, a separate working group (chaired by Amb. Richell) will meet to commence negotiations on the Programme of Action. These two working groups will meet simultaneously throughout the week in order to complete first readings of both texts by Thursday evening. A Plenary will be held on Wednesday to address the organization of work for the Social Summit and the possibility of establishing a contact group. Amb. Somav�a is also expected to hold informal consultations on the programme of work for the second week.