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49TH SESSION OF THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY

General Assembly resolution 49/234, adopted on 23 December 1994, decided that the INCD will continue to function in order to: prepare for the first session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention; facilitate the implementation of the provisions of resolution 5/1 of the INCD on urgent action for Africa, through the exchange of information and the review of progress made thereon; initiate measures relating to the identification of an organization to house the global mechanism to promote actions leading to the mobilization and channelling of substantial financial resources, including its operational modalities; elaborate the rules of procedure for the Conference of the Parties; and consider other relevant issues, including measures to ensure the implementation of the Convention and its regional annexes.

The resolution states that the INCD will have a two-week session in Nairobi from 7- 18 August 1995, and, "pending the entry into force of the Convention, to hold further necessary sessions in 1996 and 1997, the venue and timing of which shall be recommended by the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee."

The resolution also urges countries to sign and ratify the Convention. During the interim period before entry into force, the resolution urges all relevant actors to take actions and measures to implement the resolution on urgent action for Africa. The Secretariat will continue to function and be funded through existing UN budgetary resources and voluntary contributions.