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REPORT OF THE CSD AD HOC OPEN-ENDED WORKING GROUP ON FINANCE AND PRODUCTION AND CONSUMPTION: 4-8 MARCH 1996

The Commission on Sustainable Development's (CSD) Ad Hoc Open-Ended Working Group on Finance and Production and Consumption opened on Monday, 4 March 1996 at UN Headquarters in New York. During the course of the week-long session, delegates discussed reports from the Secretary-General on Chapters 4 (changing consumption and production patterns) and 33 (financial resources and mechanisms) of Agenda 21, which will be considered by the CSD at its fourth session (CSD-4) in April 1996. During the first two and a half days of the meeting, delegates discussed the contents of reports from the Secretary-General. The last two and a half days of the meeting focused on discussion of the Chair's Draft Report. The Working Group was able to complete discussion of the Report on changing consumption and production patterns, but left several sections unresolved. The Secretariat was asked to consult interested parties about these paragraphs so that the Chair's Report will be completed in time for CSD-4. Delegates offered their views on major issues in the Draft Report on financial resources and mechanisms, but final drafting of the Report was left to the Chair.