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48TH SESSION OF THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY:

The current session of the General Assembly began on Tuesday, 21 September 1993. The provisional agenda for the session (A/48/150) lists 157 items. Consideration of the INCD is item 100(c), together with the reports from the Conference on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States and the Conference on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks. As the INCD is part of the implementation of the decisions and recommendations of UNCED, its report will be referred to the Second Committee of the General Assembly. It is expected that the Second Committee will take up this item in mid-November.

The General Assembly will examine the reports of the first two sessions of the INCD and will have to approve the budgets for the three sessions to be held in 1994. The General Assembly will also be presented with the decision taken at the second session on the future work of the Committee, which includes a draft resolution to be adopted. This resolution, if approved by the General Assembly, will allow the INCD to hold one session after the adoption of the Convention, not later than 31 January 1995, and will allow the Secretariat to keep functioning through the interim period before entry into force. This decision is expected to facilitate the negotiation of instruments for regions other than Africa, which has been a major point of convention between regional groups.