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The third session of the INCD opened on Monday, 17 January 1993 at UN Headquarters in New York. The Committee heard opening statements by Nitin Desai, Under-Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development, and UNDP Administrator Gus Speth. There were also statements by ministers from Mali, Tunisia, Kenya, Mauritania, Amb. Ramtane Lamamra of Algeria, on behalf of the Group of 77, the Under-Secretary for the Organization of African Unity, and representatives from CILSS, the Federation of Swedish Farmers and the Kenyan NGO, KENGO, on behalf of the NGOs. Without further ado, the Committee turned its attention to the main task of the session -- the first reading of the negotiating text prepared by the Secretariat, as contained in document A/AC.241/15.