PAN-AFRICAN CONFERENCE ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE CCD AND PROGRESS SINCE RIO: The CCD Secretariat will host an African regional workshop in Geneva, Switzerland, from 18-21 March 1997, to develop a regional programme of action and prepare for the UNGA Special Session and the CCD COP-1. Contact: Mansour NDiaye, CCD Secretariat, Geneva Executive Center, 11/13 Chemin des An�mones, CH-1219 Ch�telaine, Geneva, Switzerland; tel: +41 (22) 979-9419; fax: +41 (22) 979-9030/31; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SECOND AND THIRD TECHNICAL WORKSHOPS FOR FIFTEEN FOCAL POINTS OF THE CCD: The CCD Secretariat is facilitating the second technical workshop for 15 focal points in Asmara, Eritrea, in April 1997 and the third workshop in Maseru, Lesotho, in May 1997. Contact: Mansour NDiaye, CCD Secretariat (see above).
INTERNATIONAL FORUM OF MAYORS ON DESERTIFICATION AND URBANIZATION: The City of Rome and the CCD Secretariat are hosting meetings in Rome, Italy, in October 1997 concurrently with COP-1, to discuss strategies for decentralized cooperation in implementing the CCD in cities. For more information, contact: N. Mattana, CCD Secretariat, (see above); e-mail: nmattana.incd.@unep.ch.