MAIN COMMITTEE: When the Main Committee reconvenes this afternoon, it will take up Chapter 10 of Agenda 21, "Integrated approach to the planning and management of land resources" and continue to work its way sequentially through Agenda 21. Koh may distribute a list of unbracketed paragraphs that delegations have requested to reopen for discussion. If this list is discussed by the Committee, the debate could get heated. Koh does not want to set precedent by unnecessarily opening unbracketed text.
FINANCE: The finance contact group will resume discussions today at 3:00 pm. The most critical development to watch for will be the G-77 reaction to the Brazilian Chair's non-paper. The G-77's opening remarks will be particularly important as it will reveal the group's degree of political readiness to move towards compromise.
LEGAL INSTRUMENTS: While the contact group on legal instruments is not scheduled to meet today, the Chair, Nabil el-Arabi, has planned to prepare a non-paper summarizing delegates comments made on Thursday. This paper will be made available to delegates at 12:00 pm today.
BIODIVERSITY CONVENTION: A ceremony to mark the opening for signature of the Convention on Biological Diversity will take place today at 3:00 pm in Conference Room 2. The Convention will remain open for signature at RioCentro through 14 June and thereafter at UN Headquarters in New York from 15 June 1992 until 4 June 1993. The US is not expected to sign the Convention, but may call on countries to reopen the Convention for further negotiation after UNCED.
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