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The UN General Assembly resolution establishing the Conference on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly-Migratory Fish Stocks was one of five major resolutions on UNCED follow-up to be negotiated during the 47th General Assembly in 1992. The final text of UN Resolution 47/192 of 22 December 1992 agrees to convene the Intergovernmental Conference for three weeks in July 1993 at UN Headquarters in New York. The Conference, drawing on scientific and technical studies by FAO, should:

The resolution also states that an organizational session will be held prior to the Conference to elect officers and determine the organization of work. The Conference should complete its work "as early as possible" in advance of the 49th session of the UNGA. The Conference will take into account relevant activities at all levels with a view to promoting effective implementation of the provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea on straddling and highly-migratory fish stocks. NGOs from developed and developing countries are invited to contribute within the areas of their competence and expertise to the conference on the basis of UNCED procedures for their accreditation.

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