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PROGRESS IN THE INCORPORATION OF UNCED RECOMMENDATIONS WITHIN THE UN SYSTEM

Amb. Razali opened the morning's session of Plenary by resuming discussion on progress in the incorporation of UNCED recommendations within the UN system (Agenda Item 5). Brazil stressed the crucial importance of liberalization of trade in the achievement of sustainable development. The NGO Task Force on Legal and Institutional Matters said that the leading bodies of relevant treaties, organizations and the GEF should work together to ensure the implementation of Agenda 21. She stressed the need for Secretariat and intergovernmental coordination; agency reports should follow a format with respect to specific information with regard to Agenda 21; and a working framework should be established for NGO participation in intersessional consultations.