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FINLAND:

Minister of Environment Sirpa Pietik„inen said there is a need to set concrete policy goals for the work of the CSD and to have an open dialogue among decision- makers. She welcomed the establishment of intersessional working groups and welcomed Malaysia's offer to host a workshop on the sustainable management of forests. She said that Finland has appointed a national CSD chaired by the Prime Minister and composed of 47 members from government, NGOs and interest groups. New concepts of production and consumption patterns should be based in nature-oriented economies.