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THE CONFERENCE:

The Global Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States will open on Monday, 25 April 1994 in Barbados. Pre-Conference consultations to consider organizational and procedural matters will be held at the Sherbourne Centre (the Conference site) on Sunday, 24 April at 10:00 am.

The national welcoming ceremony will take place at the Sir Garfield Sobers Sports Complex, Wildey, St. Michael, on Monday, 25 April at 9:30 am. The formal opening of the Conference will be held at 3:00 pm at the Sherbourne Centre. After that, two meetings will take place simultaneously -- the Plenary will be in session to hear statements from government delegates while the Main Committee completes negotiation of the Programme of Action and the Barbados Declaration. It is expected that Amb. Penelope Wensley (Australia) will be elected as Chair of the Main Committee.

A High-Level Segment is scheduled to take place on 5-6 May 1994, as part of the Conference. The Segment will last for one and a half days, from the morning of Thursday, 5 May, through the morning of Friday, 6 May. Thursday will be devoted to a debate on the theme, "Forging partnerships for sustainable development." The host country intends to organize a roundtable for participants in the High-Level Segment on the morning of 6 May.