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INFORMAL CONSULTATIONS

CSD Vice-Chair Paul de Jongh (Netherlands) was reported to have received a positive response from delegations during informal consultations on inter-agency proposals to help streamline national reporting procedures. Many at the UN and in government circles are concerned about the workload imposed by reporting requirements due to the proliferation of international processes. UN agencies have produced a matrix that will allow them to share more of the reported information and avoid duplication. There are also proposals to produce a four-year calendar, a manual on sustainable development reporting, and measures to enhance reporting capacity in developing countries, including assistance to shift to greater use of new technologies such as the Internet.