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ARTICLES 26 and 27 -- SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNOLOGICAL COUNCIL AND THE EVALUATION AND MONITORING CENTRE:

These two articles are entirely bracketed. The problem lies in the reluctance of the developed countries to create new institutions due to the costs involved. However, the US favors the establishment of a Scientific and Technological Council, an institution that Egypt says need not be a new infrastructure but a body that advises the COP. Developing countries want both of these institutions to be established. They point out that the decision by the Committee not to establish the institutions may, in the long run, be more expensive. Since the establishment of the institutions is being questioned, the contents of the articles were barely discussed.

PART V: PROCEDURES

ARTICLE 28 -- COMMUNICATION OF INFORMATION ON IMPLEMENTATION: This article provides for the reporting mechanisms for the Parties in the implementation of the Convention. Only one paragraph, which relates to the requirement that affected country Parties should provide a description of their strategies for the assistance provided by developed country parties and other countries, remains bracketed. The debate is linked to the fact that there is already a provision for affected country Parties to provide these strategies and it is not clear if the strategies will differ.