High-level segment starts
The high-level segment that is scheduled to run from today until Monday has just gotten under way. For days, there have been rumours and counter-rumours flying around, with everyone trying to find out whether Brazilian President Lula would show up, but today we found out for certain that he wouldn’t. Not even UNODC Executive Director Antonio Maria Costa, who was expected to be in Salvador by now, has managed to get here.
John Sandage, Executive Secretary of the Congress, said Mr. Costa had not arrived “due to missed flight connections,” but that he will be here in time for the dinner with the Brazilian authorities.
The high-level segment consists of official statements made by ministers and other high-level delegates on behalf of their Governments about the outcomes of the Congress. According to agreed rules, each statement should last no more than seven minutes. About 17 speakers are scheduled to speak today and it should be possible to follow the proceedings by webcast.