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is committed to the success of the Conference, encouraged other governments to consider the benefit of high-level political attendance in Barbados, and supported the AOSIS proposal for a one-week resumed session of the PrepCom to address outstanding issues. Japan also supported the Conference and the proposal to convene a resumed PrepCom. Japan announced that it is making the necessary preparations to contribute US$100,000 to the voluntary fund.

Second Committee Resolution A/C.2/48/L.78, adopted on 10 December, decides to convene the first Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States in Barbados from 25 April to 6 May 1994, including a high-level segment on 5-6 May. The resolution urges that representation at the Conference be at the highest possible level and decides to convene one day of pre-Conference consultations at the venue of the Conference on 24 April 1994. The General Assembly also decided that the first session of the Preparatory Committee should be resumed for a period of five working days, from 7-11 March 1994, to complete the preparatory work assigned to it, including the draft programme of action for the sustainable development of small island developing States. Adequate facilities should be made available for this purpose within the approved budget limit set for the biennium 1994-1995. The resolution also: endorses the decisions of the PrepCom regarding the participation of associate members of regional commissions and NGOs in the Conference and its preparatory process; endorses the PrepCom's decisions regarding the provisional rules of procedure and the provisional agenda for the Conference; requests the Secretary-General to ensure the timely submission of the report of donor activities requested in decision 11 of the PrepCom; requests the Secretary-General, through the Department of Public Information, to widely disseminate the goals and purposes of the Conference; and invites all Member States and organizations in a position to do so to contribute to the voluntary fund for the Conference.

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