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IN THE CORRIDORS

Whereas in many conferences, delegates do not listen carefully to NGO statements, Tuesday proved to be the exception to the unfortunate rule. Not only did the delegates listen to the NGO statements, but some expressed discontent with the statement of Greenpeace, on behalf of the OECD NGOs, and the Caribbean Policy Development Center, on behalf of all NGOs at this session. They alleged that Canada, Germany and Australia had rejected reference in Chapter III (Waste Management) to a total ban on exports and shipments of hazardous waste. However, this was not the case during the September meeting of the PrepCom when this chapter was negotiated. As all statements go into the UN archives, the wrongly accused countries and the NGOs are considering options for correcting the record.