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In 1995 the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for the Convention to Combat Desertification (INCD) began a new phase in its negotiating process. The first five sessions of the INCD, which met between May 1993 and June 1994, focused on the negotiation of the Convention. Once the Convention was adopted in June 1994, it was time to turn to implementation. This new phase of "post-agreement negotiations" is aimed at continuing the dialogue to push forward the development of the Convention and ensure that it is well implemented. With this in mind, the INCD met twice in 1995 to begin the process of translating the words of the Convention into action.

This special year-end issue of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin will review relevant activities that have taken place since the seventh session of the INCD in August 1995, summarize the results of the General Assembly's consideration of the INCD and highlight upcoming events. This issue of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin is published as part of a series of year-end issues intended to summarize the current state of play in the various sustainable development conferences and negotiations reported on by the Bulletin in 1995.