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REPORT OF THE CSD AD HOC OPEN-ENDED WORKING GROUP ON SECTORAL ISSUES: 26 FEBRUARY - 1 MARCH 1996

The Commission on Sustainable Development's (CSD) Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group on Sectoral Issues opened on Monday, 26 February 1996 at UN Headquarters in New York. During the course of the week-long session, delegates discussed reports from the Secretary-General on Chapters 17 (oceans) and 9 (atmosphere) of Agenda 21, which will be considered by the CSD at its fourth session in April 1996. During the first three days of the meeting, delegates discussed the contents of reports from the Secretary-General, and created a drafting group to consider a draft UNEP proposal regarding implementation of the Global Programme of Action (GPA) for the protection of the marine environment from land-based activities, drafted at the November 1995 Washington Conference. The last two days of the meeting focused on discussion of the Chair's Draft Report. The Working Group was unable to complete consideration of the Draft Report, and sent some of it to the CSD's upcoming meeting as discussed text and some as the Chair's summary of delegates' comments.