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THINGS TO LOOK FOR TODAY

PLENARY: The Conference will open this morning at 10:00. After the election of the President, German Federal Minister for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Angela Merkel, statements will be made by the following: the President; Ra�l Estrada-Oyuela, the Chair of the INC/FCCC; G.O.P. Obasi, the Secretary-General of WMO; Elizabeth Dowdeswell, the Executive-Director of UNEP; Nitin Desai, Under-Secretary-General of UN Department for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development (DPCSD); Klaus T�pfer, the Chair of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD); Bert Bolin, the Chair of the IPCC; and Michael Zammit Cutajar, the Executive-Secretary.

Delegates are then expected to consider organizational matters, including adoption of the Rules of Procedure and the Agenda, election of officers other than the President, admission of organizations as observers, and organization of work, including the establishment of a Committee of the Whole (COW).

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE: The Committee of the Whole is expected to convene this afternoon at 3:00. The COW is expected to address Agenda Item 5, the report of the INC/FCCC: outstanding issues allocated to the COW. The COW will review these outstanding issues, decide on the organization of work and, possibly, establish drafting groups.

PRESS CONFERENCE: The President of COP-1, Angela Merkel, will hold a press conference at 1:30 pm in Room 3.