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IN THE CORRIDORS

The question in Co-Chair Osborn’s summary of emerging priorities of whether UNGASS should recommend the establishment of targets in a number of areas generated many responses on Thursday. Observers speculate that those who do not support targets at the international level believe that such targets may end up being either too weak or too inflexible and unrealistic. Proponents of targets, on the other hand, stress the need for setting concrete goals to move beyond rhetoric to action in implementing the Rio commitments and to serve as a baseline against which progress toward these goals can be assessed.