The ninth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Desertification (INCD), will meet from 3-13 September in New York. During the nearly two-week session, delegates will address arrangements regarding the Global Mechanism for finance, the designation of a Permanent Secretariat, scientific and technical cooperation, rules of procedure, financial rules, communication of information, Urgent Action for Africa, and interim measures in other regions.
The opening Plenary on 3 September 1996 was opened by INCD Chair Bo Kjell�n (Sweden) at 10:30 am. Delegates heard general statements from several ministers and UN agencies. The afternoon session was devoted to regional group meetings.