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The organizational session for the Conference was held at UN Headquarters in New York from 19-23 April 1993. The participants adopted the Rules of Procedure and agenda, appointed a Credentials Committee, and agreed on how its substantive work would be carried out. Ambassador Satya N. Nandan (Fiji) was elected Chair of the Conference. Nandan was asked to prepare a paper containing a list of substantive subjects and issues as a guide for the Conference, and delegations were requested to submit their proposals to the Secretariat.