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POST-AGREEMENT NEGOTIATIONS

The sixth session of the INCD was held in New York from 9-18 January 1995. The Committee reached agreement on its work programme for the interim period and the mandates of the two working groups and plenary.

Delegates at the seventh session, which took place in Nairobi from 7-17 August 1995, reviewed the status of ratification and implementation of the Resolution on Urgent Action for Africa and Interim Measures. The Committee discussed and provided input on the structure and elements that should be considered in preparation for COP-1.

The eighth session, held from 5-15 February 1996 in Geneva, reviewed the status of ratifications and the implementation of the Resolution on Urgent Action for Africa and Interim Measures. The Committee also discussed and began negotiations on some of the Secretariat’s texts on the preparations for COP-1. Delegates requested the Secretariat to prepare new text for negotiation at INCD-9, based on their discussions on the Committee on Science and Technology, communication and information, draft rules of procedure for the COP, draft financial rules, the Global Mechanism and arrangements to house the Permanent Secretariat and, for INCD-10, programme and budget. Some delegations revisited the question raised at INCD-7 on whether there was a need for two-week sessions of the Committee in the future.