Delegates to the third Conference of the Parties (COP-3) of the Convention on Biological Diversity discussed issues related to agricultural biodiversity and finance during morning and afternoon meetings of the Committee of the Whole (COW). An open-ended working group was formed and met during the evening to continue discussing agricultural biodiversity issues. Delegates learned that the Ministerial Segment will commence at 9:00 am on Wednesday, 13 November. Argentine President Carlos Menem will speak at 6:00 pm. The Segment will focus on four topics: experiences in domestic implementation; experiences in international implementation; criteria to evaluate success; and COP-3s message to the Special Session of the UNGA. The GRULAC appointed John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda) and Maria Julia Alsogaray (Argentina) to the Bureau.