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CBD COP-3 HIGHLIGHTS: MONDAY, 4 NOVEMBER 1996

Delegates to the third Conference of the Parties (COP-3) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) began their two-week session with opening statements by the outgoing and incoming Presidents, as well as representatives of the GEF, UNEP and UNDP and the CBD Executive Director. Organizational and substantive issues were also addressed during the morning and afternoon in Plenary. Louis Currant (Switzerland) was elected to Chair the Committee of the Whole (COW) and presided over an afternoon discussion on agricultural biodiversity.