In the words of one delegate, Friday will start the ball rolling. Will it roll into a world convention on forests? Questions abound regarding whether the Northern and Southern camps will consolidate their positions or whether regional groupings will take unified positions. Some predict initial statements at the day-long Plenary on programme element V, beginning a new and probably lengthy phase in global forestry efforts. A wide spectrum of views is known to exist; the minimum fall back in case of total disagreement will probably be a continuation of an IPF-style dialogue.