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4. Relationship with other conventions:

A number of governments and organizations, including Australia, Switzerland, Brazil, Botswana, Spain, Portugal and the WMO, mentioned the importance of ensuring complementarity and coordination between this convention and others, especially the Climate Change and the Biodiversity Conventions. Norway, Germany and the UK mentioned specifically that the INCD should not duplicate work of other conventions and UN bodies. Finland stated that the INCD should borrow from existing conventions, but only to a limited extent.

Malaysia added that caution should be taken when discussing linkages with other conventions and Saudi Arabia said that the Convention should be independent.