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PLENARY

Amb. Somav´┐Ża (Chile) opened the Plenary with three items for adoption under Agenda Item 1: adoption of the agenda (A/CONF.166/PC/24); organization of work (A/CONF.166/PC/L.24); and observer status for IGOs (A/CONF.166/PC/L.23). The Chair announced that the Plenary would be transformed into Working Group I to discuss the draft Declaration and Chapter V. Amb. Koos Richelle (Netherlands) will chair WG II, which will discuss chapters I to IV of the Programme of Action.

The Plenary turned to Agenda Item 2, accreditation of NGOs, A/CONF.166/PC/11/Add.2 and A/CONF.166/PC/11/Add.3. China disputed inclusion of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples' Organization (UNPO). The Chair asked the Secretariat to examine further documentation on this organization, noting that the list was provisional. On Agenda Item 3, the status of preparation for the WSSD (A/CONF.166/PC/25), Nitin Desai highlighted two October 1994 seminars in Beijing and Slovenia. The Chair added that more than 90 Heads of State or Prime Ministers have confirmed their participation at the Summit. Over 2000 NGOs have been accredited.