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IN THE CORRIDORS

While formal work continued in the conference rooms, delegates were also discussing a number of proposals and initiatives in the corridors. Some were discussing Amb. Razali's proposal on CSD bureau elections. Apparently, the "transfer of power" from Malaysia to Germany has not been particularly smooth and many delegates agree with Razali that the next bureau should be elected earlier -- either at the conclusion of the CSD session or during the ECOSOC organizational session -- so it has adequate preparation time.

There have also been informal consultations on: intersessional working groups; the establishment of a high-level steering committee on finance; consumption and production patterns; finance; and trade and environment. There was some indication that the G-77 may be preparing its own draft decisions on some of these issues, particularly if there is dissatisfaction with the Chair's draft texts.