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CONTACT GROUP OF WORKING GROUP II

The Contact Group on the draft Beijing Declaration met three times Wednesday but adjourned with four remaining bracketed paragraphs. A revised paragraph regarding women's sexual and reproductive rights was proposed adding "respect for cultural particularity" as a condition. The paragraph remains bracketed, as does the paragraph regarding sexual and reproductive health.

In the paragraph on barriers to protection of women's empowerment, delegates agreed to the language from 48 of the Platform for Action, which includes "factors such as their race, age, language, ethnicity, culture, religion, or disability, or because they are indigenous people." A reservation was expressed. A paragraph on access to technology and an alternative were bracketed together. A paragraph on peace, disarmament and a nuclear test ban treaty was agreed. Delegates reached no agreement on a paragraph on resources; the bracketed alternatives are based on 5 of the draft Platform.