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FINLAND:

On behalf of the Nordic countries, Elizabeth Rehn, Minister of Equality Affairs, said that the responsibility for overall policy guidance and coordination on population and development issues belongs to ECOSOC. There does not seem to be justification for a separate Executive Board for UNFPA. She stressed the need for greater inter-agency cooperation, a combined reporting and monitoring system for the follow-up of various conferences, and assurance of the effectiveness and predictability of financing for population and development activities.