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IN THE CORRIDORS

While delegations met informally during the day to discuss the revised basic elements text, the preamble, and the basis for action, NGOs drafted specific amendments to all chapters. There was concern and some frustration among the NGOs that a number of points raised in the general debate and in the first set of comments prepared by NGOs had not been incorporated into the revised draft. The prevalent mood was one of disappointment. Many NGOs felt that SIDS governments were not focusing clearly enough on the need to address human resource issues and the issues resulting from international economic and trade regimes, specifically poverty. Some NGOs commented that the PrepCom so far had been a lost opportunity for SIDS.