LOCATION OF THE SECRETARIAT:
Australia, supported by Japan,
the UK, Switzerland and others, proposed the idea of "co-location"
of the secretariats for the Conventions on Biodiversity, Climate
Change and Desertification. Australia also recommended co-locating
these secretariats in a UN headquarters city to facilitate
coordination, cut costs and increase ease of access. Sweden
recommended that the COP select the location. Sri Lanka stated that
physical proximity of the three secretariats is less important
given the "information super highway." Spain, supported by Costa
Rica, Uruguay and others, stressed decentralization.