1994 was a landmark year for those who are involved in combating desertification in the drylands throughout the world. The International Convention to Combat Desertification in those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa, was adopted in Paris on 17 June 1994 and was opened for signature in Paris at a signing ceremony on 14-15 October 1994. Yet, even though the Convention has been successfully negotiated there is still much work to be done to ensure that the Convention is effectively implemented.
With this in mind, this special year-end issue of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin will review relevant activities that have taken place since the fifth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to elaborate the Convention (INCD) in June 1994, summarize the results of the General Assembly"s consideration of the INCD and highlight upcoming events. This issue of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin is published as part of a series of year-end issues intended to summarize the current state of play in the various sustainable development conferences and negotiations reported on by the Bulletin in 1994.