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PREPARATION OF THE NEGOTIATING TEXT

At the second session of the INCD, the Committee requested the Secretariat to draft a single negotiating text of the Convention, which would serve as the basis for the discussions of the two working groups of the INCD during its third substantive session in New York. In mid-November, the Secretariat completed its preparation of the negotiating text of the Convention and distributed it to delegates both in Geneva and New York. The draft text (A/AC.241/15) is based on the hypothesis that Regional Implementation Annexes will be negotiated and form an integral part of the Convention. If INCD members decide to adopt a different approach, certain provisions of the text will have to be modified accordingly. The following is an outline of the negotiating text.

@INDENT = PREAMBLE

@INDENT = PART I: INTRODUCTION

@INDENT = Article 1: Use of Terms

@INDENT = Article 2: Objective

@INDENT = Article 3: Principles

@INDENT = PART II: GENERAL PROVISIONS

@INDENT = Article 4: General Obligations

@INDENT = Article 5: Obligations of affected country Parties

@INDENT = Article 6: Obligations of country Parties in a position to provide assistance

@INDENT = Article 7: Priority to Africa

@INDENT = Article 8: Relationship with other Conventions

@INDENT = PART III: ACTION PROGRAMMES, SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL COOPERATION AND SUPPORTING MEASURES

@INDENT = Section 1: Action Programmes

@INDENT = Article 9: Basic approach

@INDENT = Article 10: National action programmes

@INDENT = Article 11: Fields to be covered in national action programmes

@INDENT = Article 12: Sub-regional action programmes

@INDENT = Article 13: Regional action programmes

@INDENT = Article 14: Measures in action programmes to mitigate the effects of drought

@INDENT = Article 15: Assistance in the elaboration and implementation of action programmes

@INDENT = Article 16: Coordination in the elaboration and implementation of action programmes

@INDENT = Article 17: Regional Implementation Annexes

@INDENT = Section 2: Scientific and Technical Cooperation

@INDENT = Article 18: Information collection, analysis and exchange

@INDENT = Article 19: Research and development

@INDENT = Article 20: Transfer, acquisition, adaptation and development of technology

@INDENT = Section 3: Supporting Measures

@INDENT = Article 21: Capacity building, education and public awareness

@INDENT = Article 22: Financial resources

@INDENT = Article 23: Financial mechanisms

@INDENT = PART IV: INSTITUTIONS

@INDENT = Article 24: Conference of Parties

@INDENT = Article 25: Secretariat

@INDENT = Article 26: Scientific and Technical Council

@INDENT = Article 27: Evaluation and Monitoring Centre

@INDENT = PART V: PROCEDURES

@INDENT = Article 28: Communication of information on implementation

@INDENT = Article 29: Measures to prevent disputes

@INDENT = Article 30: Settlement of disputes

@INDENT = Article 31: Status of annexes

@INDENT = Article 32: Amendments

@INDENT = Article 33: Adoption and amendment of Annexes

@INDENT = Article 34: Right to vote

@INDENT = Article 35: Depositary

@INDENT = PART VI: FINAL PROVISIONS

@INDENT = Article 36: Signature

@INDENT = Article 37: Ratification and accession

@INDENT = Article 38: Interim arrangements

@INDENT = Article 39: Entry into force

@INDENT = Article 40: Reservations

@INDENT = Article 41: Withdrawal

@INDENT = Article 42: Authentic texts

@INDENT = ANNEX I

@INDENT = List A: Countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification or "affected countries"

@INDENT = List B: "Affected countries needing assistance"

@INDENT = List C: "Countries in a position to provide assistance"

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