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1. Preamble: While Benin proposed that the preamble should cover the concerns of all regions, Chile said that the Convention should draw a framework that is universal but with a preamble that emphasizes Africa. Austria preferred a short preamble that reflects the global view on sustainable development and covers poverty issues. Jordan said that the preamble should cover immigration as a cause of desertification. Botswana said the preamble should emphasize land degradation and the proper management, utilization and conservation of resources and wildlife. Iran mentioned the importance of recognizing the sovereign rights of states to exploit their own resources.