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Michael McCoy, representative of the US Citizen"s Network for Sustainable Development and co-chair of a steering committee of CSD-related NGOs, said that there is a necessity to link the national reporting process to overall agenda setting. National reports should identify the problems that countries have encountered in implementing Agenda 21 that require assistance from the international community. He noted that while governments maintain missions here at the UN and international organizations have staff to interface with the CSD process, many NGOs who are following the issues to be discussed at this year"s session do not have the luxury of coming across the street to attend these sessions. It would be useful to have calendars in advance of informal meetings and the CSD intersessionals so that NGOs can participate.