Monday, 6 January 1997, marked the beginning of the tenth session of the Committee. It was the INCDs first meeting since the Convention came into force and the last scheduled meeting prior to the first Conference of the Parties, which will take place from 29 September - 10 October 1997 in Rome, Italy. At the conclusion of the two-week session, delegates agreed to resume INCD-10 for five days in August 1997 in Geneva.
One Bureau member, Ren� Val�ry Mongb� (Benin), was not able to continue his functions on the Bureau and was replaced as Vice-Chair by Fassassi Yacoubou (Benin). The other Bureau members continued to be: Bo Kjell�n (Sweden; INCD Chair); Alok Jain (India; Vice-Chair); Jos� Urrutia (Peru; Vice-Chair); Anatoli Ovchinnikov (Uzbekistan; Rapporteur); Mohamed Mahmoud ould El Ghaouth (Mauritania; Working Group I Chair); Mohammad Reza Jabbary (Iran; Working Group I Vice-Chair); Erwin Ortiz-Gandarillas (Bolivia; Working Group I Vice-Chair); Franklin Moore (US; Working Group I Vice-Chair); Takao Shibata (Japan; Working Group II Chair); David Etuket (Uganda; Working Group II Vice-Chair); and Samvel Baloyan (Armenia; Working Group II Vice-Chair).
The INCD-10 agenda included preparations for the first Conference of the Parties on the following issues: physical location and administrative arrangements for the Permanent Secretariat; the Global Mechanism; financial rules; programme and budget; rules of procedure; and scientific and technical cooperation.