The Secretariat will be busy in the
coming months preparing for the General Assembly, the possible
second PrepCom, and the Conference itself. One of the Secretariat's
most daunting tasks is the preparation of the report containing
relevant information on donor activities in support of sustainable
development in small island developing States, as requested in
document A/CONF.167/PC/L.7. This report, which is supposed to
include information on a sectoral level provided by UN and other
intergovernmental agencies, donor countries and NGOs, must be
completed by January 1994. The Joint Planning Unit in the DPCSD
will bear the brunt of the responsibility for putting this report
together. The Secretariat still has to determine a mechanism for
soliciting and incorporating input from NGOs and non-UN agencies.
In order to complete the task requested of it, the Secretariat
expects to tax available personnel and budgetary resources.
In preparation for the Conference itself, the Secretariat will have
a second planning mission to Barbados later this year. They are
also working with UNDP to establish an electronic mail link between
the Conference Secretariat, UNDP and the National Planning
Committee in Barbados.