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THINGS TO LOOK FOR TODAY

PLENARY: Mr. Martii Lujanen, Chair of the Preparatory Committee, will open the session. Dr. Wally N'Dow will deliver a statement on behalf of UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali and will also speak as Secretary-General of Habitat II. Kenya's Vice President George Saitoti will then deliver a welcoming address. After the adoption of the agenda and organization of work, delegates will begin general debate in the Plenary.

WORKING GROUP II: The Group is expected to begin work immediately Monday on Agenda Item 3, Draft Statement of Principles and Commitments, and Global Plan of Action, contained in document A/CONF.165/PC.2/3. The Working Group is expected to meet throughout the week.

IN THE BREEZEWAYS: Until late last week, the draft plan of action was still not available due to last minute editing on the final version. Some delegates have mentioned that the earlier version of the document prepared by the Secretariat was too practical and lacked the general UN terminology. Some NGOs who have seen copies of the earlier draft considered it the best that the UN has ever produced.