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IN THE CORRIDORS I

Delegates and organizers alike are anxious to avoid delays that stymied the negotiating process at PrepCom III. The arrival of senior DPCSD officials in Istanbul has been interpreted by some observers to indicate their enhanced role in facilitating the negotiations. It has also been suggested that Conference organizers task experienced delegates with resolving contentious issues. Whatever the procedural innovations, however, substantive debates are still expected on issues including sustainable development and economic growth, and the “right to housing.”