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INTERGOVERNMENTAL CONSULTATIONS:

Both the Chair and the delegates indicated in the final Plenary session that much work is still needed before agreement can be reached on all the major substantial issues. Several delegates indicated that the negotiations should resume informally as soon as possible. Look for States to hold informal consultations to work on consensus text. The Like-Minded States are expected to meet among themselves to work further on the draft convention tabled by Ecuador. They may also discuss the issue of the final outcome of the Conference, since some divergence had started to appear on this point within the group. It is still unclear how much participation will be allowed the NGOs in these intergovernmental informal negotiations but expect them to provide alternative language that reflects their concerns.