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Amb. Slaheddine Abdellah said that the binding nature of this Convention is a positive step in the implementation of the commitments undertaken in Rio. At the OAU Summit in Tunis in June 1994, African States committed to setting up the necessary structures for the application of the Convention and the African Annex. Affected countries need technical and financial support. The international community, in particular the donor countries, needs to afford the importance due to desertification as a worldwide environmental problem.