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SWITZERLAND:

Federal Councillor Ruth Dreifuss said that the environmental aspects of trade should be considered and that change will come through both official aid and ensuring good conditions for adequate private investment. Priority should be given to revitalizing existing institutions and that UN restructuring is important. Reports to the CSD should be standardized with a verification machinery based on a transparent peer review system, perhaps in a regional framework. She called for a strengthening of the DPCSD. She said that Switzerland favors doubling the size of the GEF with institutional reform for greater participation of Southern countries.