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BRAZIL:

Amb. Ronaldo Mota Sardenberg stressed that the CSD was only just beginning its work and that long-standing negative trends cannot be reversed in one year. He said the CSD should take up each theme, including forests, in the order agreed upon in the programme of work. He stressed the intergovernmental character of the CSD but noted the importance of dialogue and interaction with NGOs and other major groups, participation of experts nominated by governments to work on finance and technology transfer, and CSD reliance on the best input and expertise possible. He said we must strive to eradicate poverty, promote sustainable development through trade, and reaffirm the principles in the Rio Declaration.