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Amb. Besley Maycock, on behalf of the 12 States of the Caribbean Community, supported the call for prompt action to combat desertification. The Convention is a balanced document that addresses physical, biological, social and cultural issues related to desertification. The focus on the elaboration of action programmes is important. The Caricom States expressed hope for the necessary political will during the implementation stage to ensure the early and effective operation of the Convention once it enters into force.