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The environment ministers of the member States of the Comit‚ Permanent Inter-Etats de Lutte contre la S‚cheresse dans le Sahel (CILSS) met in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from 22-23 September 1994. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss subregional follow-up to the adoption of the Convention to Combat Desertification. The Ministers designated the CILSS as the agency responsible for the subregional action programme of the Sahelian subregion, requested the CILSS to finalize the preparation of such a programme by October 1995, and invited developed countries and international organizations to support this process in the framework of a partnership.