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HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT:

The High-Level Segment was also one of the major accomplishments of the Conference. Aside from Fidel Castro, his ubiquitous security and his paparazzi, the Conference also brought together a significant number of Heads of State and Government, ministers and decision makers from small islands, other developing countries and the developed world. Although there were complaints about the level of participation from the donor countries (see below), both the debate and the roundtable discussion proved to be useful fora for sharing experiences and communicating concerns among islands, between islands and regions as well as between donors and recipients.