On Article 23, dealing with recognition of the special requirements of development States, delegates preferred inclusion of reference to the Global Environmental Facility and the Commission on Sustainable Development. A US proposal that "indigenous peoples" be amended to the singular, in paragraph 2(b), was carried. A proposal from New Zealand to include "artisanal fishers" was also agreed.
On Article 24, forms of cooperation with developing States, an attempt by the US to delete "shall" in paragraph 2 was unsuccessful. Other stylistic changes were agreed. Under Article 25, dealing with special assistance in the implementation of the Agreement, the US proposal to substitute "special funds" with "voluntary funds" in paragraph 1 was not accepted.