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|Delegates assemble for the opening of COP 1 on 30 September 1997|
|Arba Diallo, Executive Secretary of the CCD Secretariat opens the first COP|
|Bo Kjellén, Chair of INCD-1 through INCD-10|
|John Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda) converses with the COP Chair Mohammad El-Gaouth (Mauritania)|
|Calestous Juma, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, addresses the first COP|
|The President of COP 1 from Italy speaks to the meeting|
|Jacques Douf, Director General of FAO|