PLENARY: The first meeting of the second session of the PrepCom for the World Summit for Social Development will convene this morning at 10:00 am in Conference Room 4. UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali is expected to open the session. The second speaker will be PrepCom Chair Juan Somav�a (Chile) who will outline the objectives of this session of the PrepCom. A number of procedural items will follow, including the adoption of the agenda (A/CONF.166/PC/14), adoption of the organization of work (A/CONF.166/PC/L.14) and accreditation of an additional 233 NGOs to the process (A/CONF.166/PC/11/ Add.1). Nitin Desai, Under-Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development, is then expected to introduce document A/CONF.166/PC/15, "The status of preparations for the WSSD."
The Plenary should then immediately move into a discussion of the draft Programme of Action for the Summit (A/CONF.166/ PC/L.13). There will be no general debate. Rather, delegates have been asked to focus their statements on the portion of the Programme of Action under discussion. Thus, today's discussion should focus on Part I, "An Enabling Environment." The Plenary will examine each section of the document with the goal of completing a first reading of both the draft Programme of Action and the draft Declaration by the end of the week.
NGO ACTIVITIES: The Non-Governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) has prepared a provisional schedule of NGO meetings during the PrepCom. NGOs are also advised to check the daily calendar of NGO events, which will be available in Conference Rooms A and B and the NGO hospitality center in the Church Center every morning. The space available for NGOs in the UN is limited and is being allocated primarily to collective efforts such as caucuses and NGO-government dialogues. To book a room in the UN, please contact Joslyn Barnes at NGLS, 212-963-3125. To book a room in the Church Center, please contact Debra Storms, 212-682-3633.
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