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INSTRAW NEWS. 1997; (26):17-8.The fifth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development was held at the UN Headquarters on April 7-25, 1997, to review the implementation of Agenda 21, the program of action adopted by the UN Conference on Environment and Development in 1992. The fifth session began with a 3-day high level segment that focused on two reports: the Commission's Ad Hoc Open-ended Inter-sessional Working Group, and the Open-ended Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Panel on Forests. Moreover, dialogue sessions were held with major representatives of children and youth, the scientific and technological community, women's groups, workers and trade union, indigenous peoples, nongovernmental organizations, local authorities, farmers, and business and industry organizations. Among the challenges and recommendations of the dialogue on global action for women towards sustainable and equitable development are: identification of successful instruments in combating harmful advertising; identification of industrial hot spots and preparation of a plan to clean these areas; and strengthening the women's role in efforts to implement Agenda 21.