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TENTH SESSION OF THE INC FOR THE: CONVENTION TO COMBAT DESERTIFICATION:: 6-17 JANUARY 1997

The tenth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for the Convention to Combat Desertification (INCD-10) begins today in New York. This is expected to be the final meeting of the INCD. The Convention entered into force on 26 December 1996, and the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) is scheduled to take place in Rome from 29 September - 10 October 1997.

During INCD-10, delegates will attempt to finalize arrangements for the Global Mechanism for finance, the designation of a Permanent Secretariat, scientific and technical cooperation, rules of procedure for the COP, financial rules, the organization of scientific and technical information and communication of information, among other issues.