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MALAYSIA:

Dr. Lim Keng Yaik, Minister of Primary Industries, described the initiative taken by Canada and Malaysia to organize the intergovernmental working group on global forests (IWGGF). The IWGGF is not a negotiating process but an attempt to bring together countries and organizations to discuss the post-Rio agenda for forests. He called for the establishment of an appropriate institutional mechanism within the UN system to implement the UNCED Forest Principles.