1. The secretariat functions referred to in Article 8 will be carried out on an interim basis by the secretariat
established by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 45/212 of 21 December 1990, until the
completion of the first session of the Conference of the Parties.
2. The head of the interim secretariat referred to in paragraph 1 above will cooperate closely with the
Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change to ensure that the Panel can respond to the need for objective
scientific and technical advice. Other relevant scientific bodies could also be consulted.
3. The Global Environment Facility of the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Environment
Programme and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development shall be the international entity
entrusted with the operation of the financial mechanism referred to in Article 11 on an interim basis. In this
connection, the Global Environment Facility should be appropriately restructured and its membership made
universal to enable it to fulfil the requirements of Article 11.