||The Government was represented at the World Congress Against the Death Penalty in
Oslo by our Ambassador to Norway and by the London-based policy officer responsible
for death penalty abolition. Officials worked closely with European partners before,
during and after the Congress. The Government views the Congress as a useful forum
for agreeing practical steps to reduce the use of the death penalty. We also played
a constructive role in joint efforts to build support for a resolution calling for
global moratorium to be put to the UN General Assembly in a December.