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The third session of the INCD will meet at UN Headquarters in New York from 17-28 January. The provisional agenda for the session is as follows: Adoption of the agenda and organization of work; Elaboration of an international convention to combat desertification in countries experiencing serious drought and/or desertification, particularly in Africa; Review of the situation as regards extrabudgetary funds; Adoption of the provisional agenda for the fourth session and organization of work for the final stages of negotiations; and Adoption of the report of the Committee on its third session.

The main focus of this session will be the Secretariat's negotiating text of the Convention (A/AC.241/15). This will be the first time that delegates will be working from this text and, thus, look for delegates to focus on drafting, negotiating and bracketing.