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The next session of the General Assembly is scheduled to begin on Tuesday, 21 September 1993 at 3:00 pm. The provisional agenda for the session (A/48/150) lists 157 items. Consideration of the Conference on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks is item 100(c), together with the reports of the INC for the Desertification Convention and the Small Island States Conference preparations. Since the Conference on Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks is part of the implementation of decisions and recommendations of UNCED, its report is expected to be referred to the Second Committee of the General Assembly for consideration. The report of the Secretary-General on the work of the Conference will be presented, as required by resolution A/47/192.

It is most likely that the Second Committee, or perhaps an ad hoc sub-group that will deal specifically with UNCED follow-up activities, will be responsible for drafting the General Assembly resolution on the future work of the Conference. This resolution will establish the dates of the 1994 sessions, and will probably call for the establishment of mechanisms that will ensure the full and effective participation of developing countries in the work of the Conference. Since the resolution will have financial implications, a statement of Programme Budget Implications (PBI) will have to be submitted to the Fifth Committee. Based on the budget for the 1993 session (A/C.5/47/78), it is estimated that additional sessions of three and two weeks in 1994 will cost approximately US$1,230,000 for conferencing services, although that figure would increase substantially if simultaneous sessions or working/expert group meetings were added.