PLENARY: General debate continues today on Agenda Items 3 and 4. Speakers for the morning should be Sri Lanka, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Libya, SELA, Latvia, France, Bolivia, Benin, Holy See, Ghana, Bahamas, Iran, Tunisia, International Federation of Settlements and Neighbourhood Centres and WEDO. The afternoon speakers should include Lithuania, Turkey, Nicaragua, Egypt, Paraguay, New Zealand, Italy, China, Togo, Nepal, Ecuador, Algeria, UNHCR, WFP, Cameroon, Spain, OXFAM and Disabled Peoples International.
NGO-DELEGATE MEETING ON WOMEN'S PERSPECTIVES: There will be an NGO - Delegate dialogue today in Conference Room 4, between 6:00 and 8:00 pm, to explore how women's perspectives can be placed at the core of the Social Summit. Detailed comments and proposals are expected to be put forward by women activists. Amb. Somav�a and Under-Secretary-General Desai are expected to attend.
IN THE CORRIDORS: Look for discussions today in the corridors on the methods and organization of work for the rest of the session. There has been a degree of concern raised by many governments over the need to hold two parallel sessions. Some delegates feel that convening two meetings, one dealing with the draft declaration and the other on the plan of action, would create too sharp a distinction between the political and more technical aspects of the core issues. The Bureau will meet on Friday to make recommendations, based on feedback from the regional groups. The Chair is likely to provide a summary of the debate on Friday afternoon and the Committee will be asked to make a decision on the organization of work for next week at that time.
ART AND CULTURE WORKING GROUP: An NGO Working Group is being formed to find ways that art and culture can be integrated into the Social Summit. This group will meet today from 11:00 am to 12 noon in Conference Room C.
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