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IN THE CORRIDORS II

Delegates at the G77/China regional meetings have been dealing with some of the most controversial issues expected to re-emerge during the Conference, including reproductive rights and the use of the terms "gender," "equality" and "equity" in the draft Platform for Action. Attempts to reach a consensus are being hampered by a number of factors including differences of opinion between delegates who reached agreement at earlier negotiations in New York and senior colleagues who have arrived from national capitals for the FWCW. The new Chair of the G77/China, Senator Leticia Ramos Shahani (Philippines), who acted as Secretary General of the Nairobi Conference, is expected to lead a strong call for new and additional UN resources to support implementation of the Platform for Action, including new finance for the lead UN agencies on women's issues, UNIFEM and INSTRAW.