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SEMINAR ON LEGAL ASPECTS OF A CONVENTION ON DESERTIFICATION

The International Academy of the Environment, in cooperation with the INCD Secretariat, convened the "Seminar on Legal Aspects of a Convention on Desertification" in November 1993 in Geneva. A small group of international legal policy experts met with the INCD Secretariat and the INCD Bureau to discuss the structure of the Convention and other legal aspects, with the objective of supporting and facilitating the INCD negotiations. The group discussed the legal nature and possible content of the regional instruments and the strength of donor country obligations resulting from either annexes or protocols. In addition, the group discussed legal matters related to the implementation of the Convention, including: the establishment of mechanisms to review implementation; the association of organizations with the Convention; dispute settlement mechanisms; Convention ratification issues; and options for the number of signatories needed for the Convention to enter into force. The INCD Chair and the Secretariat will share the results of this policy dialogue with the INCD at its third session.