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IN THE CORRIDORS

Following three days of debate on the Barbados Declaration, delegates breathed a sigh of relief that something -- anything -- had been agreed to and sent for translation. The Declaration, described by some as no more than a whimper, is not expected to become part of the lexicon of sustainable development in the near future. However, it does show that the two-and-half years negotiating the Rio agreements were not completely in vain -- no one has yet been able to say it better.