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IN THE CORRIDORS

Participants responded positively to the Wednesday briefing by Amb. Razali Ismail, President of the UNGA. He echoed a popular demand for wider ministerial participation in the CSD, with representation from key departments other than environment, such as finance and development. He also flagged a number of ideas reflecting his view that the CSD’s dealings with the private sector must be a “two way street.” He raised the possibility of a code of conduct, provision of information to the CSD and a monitoring role for shareholders. NGOs concerned about access to UNGASS proceedings also took comfort when Amb. Razali signalled his intention to treat the Special Session like any other major UN conference.