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ARTICLE 18 -- TRANSFER, ACQUISITION, ADAPTATION AND DEVELOPMENT OF TECHNOLOGY:

Difficulties were expected in the negotiation of this previously bracket-ridden article. In the end, it proved to be one of the easiest. An informal group was established, and based its decisions on the related chapter on technology transfer in Agenda 21. The remaining bracketed paragraph, which makes reference to cooperation within regional annexes, will be resolved after completion of the discussions on those instruments.