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IN THE CORRIDORS

There was concern in the corridors that the PrepCom has not progressed sufficiently during its first week. Working Group I has barely begun consideration of Chapter V and Working Group II has been able to complete only a first reading of Chapters I and II. Nevertheless, substantive progress has been made on the draft Declaration, which now includes strong commitments on the role of women in social development, eradication of poverty, and empowerment in general. With only one week remaining, unless the Working Groups pick up their pace and increase their use of small informal-informal groups, the document that is sent to Copenhagen may remain largely bracketed.