The Chair presented the SBSTA and SBI Chairs draft recommendations on Agenda Item 5(d) (activities implemented jointly). SAUDI ARABIA objected to the conclusion allowing Parties to submit views on the reporting format by September, noting this would be onerous for both developing countries and the Secretariat. Several delegates including BURKINA FASO, ARGENTINA, the CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC and KUWAIT noted that the text was available only in English and asked that it be made available in French and at least one other language before consideration. The Chair proposed that the conclusions be reconsidered on Monday.
The Chair reported on Agenda Item 6 (development and transfer of technology), noting that the issue is a shared responsibility of SBSTA and SBI, and that SBI will continue to take SBSTAs views on the subject through an open-ended joint working group. Draft recommendations on Agenda Item 4(a) (Annex I communications) were also distributed and will be considered on Monday when they are also available in English. On the roster of experts, the G-77/CHINA noted the need to include experts from developing countries and sought full transparency. He said experts should be strictly technical as opposed to political.