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The first draft of a world charter on the environment and rights of developing nations emerged from negotiations in Geneva in early September 1991. But many issues remain unresolved, particularly those dividing industrialized and developing countries. The negotiations are intended to create, for consideration at the 1992 United Nations "Earth Summit" in Rio de Janeiro, a document dealing with a framework climate convention (see above) and conventions on forest protection and biodiversity. See New Scientist, p. 21, Sep. 7, 1991; Intl. Environ. Rptr., pp. 481-482, Sep. 11. A proposal on technology transfer by the Nordic countries, intended to reach a compromise between developing and industrialized countries, is described in ibid., p. 491. Organizers of the Earth Summit recently conceded that attempts to prepare a forest treaty in time for the Rio meeting have failed (New Scientist, p. 14, Sep. 28).

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