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Responsibility for elaborating the Convention has been given to the two working groups. Working Group I, chaired by Ahmed Djoghlaf (Algeria), is responsible for the sections of the Convention on the preamble; principles; objectives; structure and nature of commitments; national action programmes; regional action programmes; capacity building, education and public awareness; financial resources and mechanisms; and coordination and cooperation. Working Group II, chaired by Anne de Lattre (France), is responsible for the sections on definitions; technology transfer and cooperation; research and development; information collection, analysis and exchange; institutions; procedures; final clauses; and the regional instruments.

To facilitate greater understanding of the evolving draft Convention, the following is a summary of the negotiations regarding each article of the draft Convention.