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IN THE CORRIDORS

Delegates have been talking about how to facilitate the CSD's consideration of the sectoral themes in 1995 -- forests, biodiversity, desertification and land management. While some may think this discussion is premature, given the fact that the CSD has barely begun to discuss this year's sectoral themes, this has become a divisive issue along North-South lines. The G-77 supports the establishment of an intersessional open-ended working group to consider these four issues. Many developed countries, however, support the continuation of government-sponsored expert meetings, because they provide better opportunities for concrete discussion of issues on the CSD's agenda. Brazil and others claim that this "growing proliferation of fora" harms the legitimate participation of developing countries. Look for debate to continue on this issue in the corridors.