The INCD Secretariat will be busy during the Geneva
summer as new members arrive from several governments and UN
agencies, necessary installations are made on their new offices
(like telephones and office furniture), and long-awaited funds
trickle in from pledges made during the January and May sessions.
The Secretariat will be producing two or three documents for the
second session. The first will be a compilation text based on the
government submissions received by the 1 July deadline. This
document will follow the outline of the Convention generally
agreed to in Nairobi and may possibly be divided into two
sections, following the mandates for the two working groups. This
document should provide focus for the discussions in September.
The second document in preparation will be the report of the
information sharing segment in Nairobi. There is a possibility
that the Secretariat will also develop the background
documentation necessary for the INCD to initiate negotiations on
the regional instruments. This request was part of the Chair's
compromise text that, although not adopted, was attached to the
report of the first session to provide guidance to the
Secretariat. In addition, the Secretariat will host, during
August, the meeting of the International Panel of Experts on
Desertification (IPED) and the Inter-Agency Working Group.