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PREPCOM III REPORT

PrepCom Chair Amb. Juan Somav�a opened the session and delegates proceeded to adopt the following: the agenda (A/CONF.166/PC/24); the organization of work (A/CONF.166/PC/L.24); and observer status for IGOs (A/CONF.166/PC/L.23).

The Plenary turned to Agenda Item 2, accreditation of NGOs (A/CONF.166/PC/11/Add.2 and A/CONF.166/PC/11/Add.3). China disputed the inclusion of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples" Organization (UNPO). The Chair asked the Secretariat to examine further documentation on this organization, noting that the list was provisional. On Agenda Item 3, the status of preparations for the WSSD (A/CONF.166/PC/25), Under-Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development Nitin Desai highlighted two October 1994 seminars in Beijing and Slovenia. The Chair announced that more than 90 Heads of State or Government had confirmed their participation at the Summit. Over 2,000 NGOs have been accredited. The Plenary then adjourned and Working Group I, under the chairmanship of Somav�a, convened to discuss the draft Declaration and Chapter V of the Programme of Action (Implementation and follow-up). Amb. Koos Richelle (Netherlands) chaired Working Group II, which addressed Chapters I to IV of the Programme of Action.