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ARTICLE 23 -- [PERMANENT] SECRETARIAT:

A key problem in this article is the title of the institution. The African Group has requested the retention of the word "permanent." The developed countries argue that this expression does not agree with the wording in similar international agreements. Other unresolved issues include: the role of the Secretariat as advisor to, or facilitator for, the COP; and whether it should make recommendations to the COP at its first session regarding compensation for local and traditional knowledge.