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Amb. K‚ba Birane Ciss‚ said the global dimension of desertification and drought is now a fact and priority is now recognized for Africa. The innovations introduced by the Convention include that action will be carried out at all levels with the participation of the populations concerned, as well as intergovernmental and non- governmental organizations. Only concrete results in the field will allow measurement of success. Sufficient financial and technical resources are needed, however, the bilateral and multilateral commitments announced at the signing ceremony are promising.