WORKING GROUP I: The Working Group will continue its second reading of the Convention, beginning with Article 7, Priority to Africa. At the end of the day on Thursday, the Chair commented that although the Working Group is ahead of schedule, there are still 86 brackets in the text under the Working Group's mandate, not including Articles 22 and 23. The Chair noted that the type of statements made on Thursday will not help the Group complete its work and, as a result, he will not hesitate to interrupt delegates, if necessary.
WORKING GROUP II: The Group will continue discussion on the Implementation Annex for Africa, as contained in document A/AC.241/19. An evening session will be held to discuss the regional annexes for Asia, Latin America and, possibly, the Northern Mediterranean region. Look for copies of the draft annexes for these three regions to be circulated today.
IN THE CORRIDORS: INCD Chair Bo Kjelln convened a meeting Thursday night of the Bureau and the Chairs of the regional groups. They were expected to consider: the interim arrangements for early implementation of the regional instrument for Africa; preparations for the June session and INCD-6; and how to address the contentious issues, such as financial resources and mechanisms and institutions. Look for further informal consultations on these matters.