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IN THE CORRIDORS

Dissatisfied by the pace at which the Global Mechanism, financial rules and other items are inching toward decisions, a number of delegates say INCD can do its work in shorter meetings, saving money that could in turn be dedicated to interim activities and implementation. Some delegates say the slow pace cannot be avoided because the INCD can only prepare for decisions the COP is only likely to take in 1997. Others say the procedural issues cannot be resolved prior to decisions on similar matters still under debate in other conventions that are already in force. And observers caution that regardless of costs or other efficiencies, shortening sessions could be politically risky by giving the impression that CCD is not on a par with other conventions. Notwithstanding, others charge that the meetings are doing too little in too much time at too great a cost. Look for proposals to reorganize future sessions.