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The World Summit on Sustainable Development
Fourth Preparatory Committee (WSSD PrepCom
Bali, Indonesia | 25 May - 7 June 2002



Saturday, 8 June 
as of 2:30am, Bali time (GMT+7:00)

On Saturday, Chair Emil Salim opened the closing Plenary of PrepCom IV past midnight and heard interventions concerning editorial changes, discrepancies and reservations on the Political Declaration from delegations. Having been unable to reach agreement on some of the key outstanding issues, remaining bracketed text will be forwarded to Johannesburg to be resolved. The Chair then adopted the Draft Decisions as introduced. Nitin Desai, Secretary General of the WSSD thanked Chair Salim, bureau members and the people of Indonesia for their hospitality. He expressed the need to look for political bridges and common ground to achieve consensus in Johannesburg. A delegate from Iran conveyed to the Plenary the possibility of extending the mandate of the bureau, after hearing no objections, the chair responded that further discussion and consultation with the South African government and the UN are needed.

Chair Salim then proceeded to thanked the bureau and the Secretariat for their hard work and services. He also highlighted the achievements from the past two weeks signaling a wake-up call rather than failure. Chair Salim then gaveled the meeting to a close at 2:35 a.m. 

Friday, 7 June 
as of 11:30pm, Bali time (GMT+7:00)
Chair Emil Salim explained in a press conference that High-level negotiations on the Political Declaration have failed to yield an agreement. He said that 80% of the text has been agreed, but key contentious issues, particularly issues relating to trade and finance, are unresolved, indicating that remaining bracketed text may have to be forwarded to Johannesburg. Plenary has been postponed twice, and is scheduled to commence at midnight.

Above photos:
Members of the Indonesian delegation during the press conference (left) and Chair Salim with members of his delegation
Friday, 7 June 
as of 5:30pm, Bali time (GMT+7:00)

Ministerial level negotiations continued throughout the day behind closed doors where sources say discussions on finance are at a standstill. A morning meeting of the Vienna Group was cancelled as the G-77/China meeting continued throughout the morning. Delegates met in High-Level Ministerial segment in the morning and afternoon sessions for an interactive dialogue on the Political Declaration. 

Top photo: Chair Emil Salim in a huddle with delegates from the EU.

In the afternoon, delegates crowded around the television to watch Sweden and Nigeria World Cup game and waited for the reconvening of the Vienna Group. Many believe negotiations will continue into Saturday morning. (left)
The Final Hours

Members of the Indonesian delegation during the press conference (left) and Chair Salim with members of his delegation

Nitin Desai, Dumisani Kumalo, South Africa, and Chair Emil Salim

South Africa: Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Environment Minister Valli Moosa, and Dumisani Kumalo, South Africa

Alan Nymark, Deputy Environment Minister, Canada (far left) with Japan

During the final Plenary, Canada said that a paragraph on health did not adequately reflect the linkage between human rights and health as reflected in other UN conferences. He requested that language be added to a paragraph on strengthening health care systems regarding conformity with all human rights and fundamental freedoms. Sweden, the EU and Switzerland supported Canada. Chair Salim ruled that there would be no negotiations in the Plenary and that the text would be transmitted as is to Johannesburg. Canada asked that it be reflected in the report of the meeting that there is a disagreement over the designation of this paragraph as agreed.

Venezuelan Environment Minister Ana Elisa Osorio said in a press conference that the G-77/China, Norway, Mexico and New Zealand had agreed to the Chair's compromise text on means of implementation, but that others had not.

Andrey Vasiliev huddles with delegates to discuss procedural matters before the postponement of the final Plenary

Indonesia, in his closing statement,

Photos from the Ministerial-Level Negotiations

European Commissioner for the Environment Margot Wallström (right)
Margot Wallstrom, EC Commissioner for the Environment (right), with Spanish Environment Minister Jaume Matas (center)

Alan Nymark, Deputy Minister, Environment Canada

Jan Pronk, UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for the WSSD speaks with UK Environment Secretary Margaret Beckett
NGOs wait outside the high-level ministerial meeting

South African Environment Minister Valli Moosa (left) presented a new chapter on means of implementation as compromise text that would not be negotiated
South African Environment Minister Valli Moosa with Colombian Minister Juan Mayr and Everton Vargas, Brazil


Japan during an interview with the Japanese press

Paula Dubriansky, US (center), speaks with Børge Brende, Norwegian Environment Minister, and Japan

Delegates outside the meeting room

Nitin Desai, Secretary-General of the WSSD, with Andrey Vasilyev, DESA Secretariat

G-77/China delegates meet to discuss their proposed text on finance

Delegates watch Nigeria and Sweden in the World Cup

African Ministers meet in a morning session
UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer with South African Deputy Environmental Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi
Miscellaneous Photos:

Tanzen Lhundup, China Tibetology Study Center, Celestine Ndongnguema, CNAONG, Olivier Nkusissi, WWF Western Africa Office

Remi Parmentier, Greenpeace International (center)

Juan Mayr, Colombia, with Kimo Goree, Managing Editor, Earth Negotiations Bulletin

High-Level Ministerial Segment: Political Declaration

The International Labor Organization

Heherson Alvarez, Minister of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (Philippines)



> Side events: ENB on the side (in collaboration with UNDP)
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> Official website for PrepCom-III - includes links to Chairman's Paper (basis of negotiations),
provisional agenda, proposed programme of work, and all other documents for the meeting.
> Official WSSD website
> South African WSSD website

> ENB's coverage of PrepCom-II
> ENB's coverage of the Regional Preparatory Meetings and of Prepcom I
> Linkages Introduction to the Johannesburg Summit 2002 - the essential CSD primer to the
> Linkage's Portal to the Johannesburg Summit 2002 - access coverage of all WSSD Regional
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