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The Secretariat will have several major tasks during this intersessional period. These include: preparation of the report of the second session that will be transmitted to the General Assembly; preparation of its formal budget for the remaining sessions for General Assembly approval; and, perhaps the most daunting of all, preparation of the actual draft text of the Convention. The latter is expected to be a consolidated text that will serve as the basis for actual negotiations at the January session.

Some of the key issues that the Secretariat will have to address in the preparation of this text are as follows:

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