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IN THE CORRIDORS

Although decisions on the location and hosting of the Permanent Secretariat may not be finalized at this session, the bargaining process has begun. The decisions on the location and host have been linked together by some delegates. The Canadian offer to host the Secretariat in Montreal is coupled with UNEP’s offer for administrative support, while the German offer for Bonn is connected to similar support offered by the WMO. The Spanish offer to host the Secretariat in Murcia does not seem to be linked to any offer for administrative support. Many regret that the offers for permanent location of the Secretariat do not include any affected developing countries, such as Kenya and South Africa. Some had hoped offers would be forthcoming from other developed affected countries, such as Australia.