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NORWAY:

Minister of Environment Thorbj"rn Berntsen identified environment and development as existential survival issues, stressing the need for global partnership. Industrialized countries must commit to ODA targets, new resources, debt reduction, fair trade, and predictable and monitored resource flows. He proposed that the CSD focus on links between production and consumption patterns and the environment and noted Norway's follow-up to UNCED. He announced that Norway will host a workshop on environmentally friendly technology in cooperation with UNCTAD that could bring strategic options forward to the CSD. Norway is willing to host an expert meeting to assist in enabling the CSD to monitor developments with regards to availability of financial resources for environment and development, including probes for innovative financing.