On the opening day of IPF-4 a number of delegations have already begun to air their positions on a possible forest convention. Some delegations who have not yet spoken out on the topic may be awaiting clarification of details. Several noted that supporters of a convention had not yet specified possible elements or aims of such an instrument. Others said that the implications of pursuing a convention political, trade-related, environmental or otherwise had not yet been explored. Almost all agreed that further discussion of the convention question will continue to be a prominent element, if not the pivotal theme, of IPF-4s quest for conclusions and recommendations.