Pre-Conference consultations were held 2-3 September, 1995, at the BICC in Beijing to consider organizational and procedural matters. Secretary-General Mongella opened the consultations, after which Li Zhaoxing, Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs of the PRC, was elected Chair of the pre-conference consultations. UN Secretary Boutros Boutros-Ghali conveyed his regrets to the conference that he was too ill to attend the FWCW opening ceremonies. Delegates moved quickly through the agenda, which included recommendations to the FWCW on the adoption of: the provisional rules of procedure (A/CONF.177/2 and A/CONF.177/3); election of officers (A/CONF.177/3); adoption of the agenda and other organizational matters (A/CONF.177/1); organization of work, including the establishment of the Main Committee (A/CONF.177/3); credentials (A/CONF.177/3); report of the Conference (A/CONF.177.3); and report of the pre-Conference consultations. Delegates were informed that the results of the August informal consultations were being submitted for their consideration (A/CONF.177/L.3), and were reminded of their agreement to endorse the outcome.