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FRIENDS OF THE CHAIR

The Friends of the Chair met twice on Wednesday to discuss Chapter II on Principles. Delegates based their discussions primarily on the G-77 text. While there appears to be a tentative agreement on most of the text, several principles and concepts are still somewhat contentious. These include: the definition of the right to development; the right of individuals and couples to decide on the number and spacing of their children; human rights; and Principle 8 (sexual and reproductive health care). The Chair is expected to table a new draft of both the Preamble and the Principles when the Group meets on Thursday afternoon.