The opening ceremony will commence at 10 am. Statements will be made by Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Executive Director of UNEP, the Vice-President of the General Assembly, a representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, and H.E. Hubert Ingraham, Prime Minister of the Bahamas. The Plenary will convene from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm to consider agenda items 2 (organization matters), 3 (rules of procedure), and 4 (report of the ICCBD) of the provisional agenda. THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE: The Committee of the Whole will meet from 3 to 6 pm to consider item 6.1 (policy, strategy, programme priorities and eligibility criteria regarding access to and utilization of financial resources).