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IN THE CORRIDORS

Although many delegates approved of the overall treatment of issues contained within the report of the Ad Hoc Working Group on finance, most expressed disappointment at the level of technical detail, which was perceived as inadequate. Some delegates noted that even so-called “expert group” meetings are hobbled by the limited participation of governmental representatives only. Others praised informal expert meetings sponsored by governments as effective fora for the free exchange of technical information, although some pointed out that such meetings, often sponsored by Northern governments, may not be wholly impartial in their treatment of particular topics. The debate over the usefulness and cost-effectiveness of intersessional working group meetings continues.