In addition to completing the text of the Convention and the regional annexes, the Committee will also have to address the drafting of resolutions on the interim period and the need to ensure urgent action for African drylands. The purpose of the decisions on interim arrangements is to enable preparatory work for the implementation of the Convention to go on without waiting for its formal entry into force. In a note by the Chair (A/AC.241/CRP.9), it is suggested that the INCD follow the same approach adopted by the Convention on Climate Change, since its INC was also established through a UN General Assembly resolution.
There is also a need to ensure urgent action for African drylands. The resolution establishing the INCD (47/188) ensured that priority attention will be given to Africa. This was originally going to be accomplished through the negotiation of a regional annex for Africa. However, now that it appears as though three annexes will be adopted along with the main Convention (Africa, Asia and Latin America), the priority for Africa has been diminished. One way to fulfill this mandate is to adopt a resolution that calls for early implementation of the provisions of the Convention with regard to Africa.
There will also be consultations on organizational and technical details, such as the manner in which the INCD will conclude its work and when and how the Convention will be opened for signature.
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