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Minister for Environment and Natural Resources J. Sambu said that developing countries need new and additional financial resources to implement Agenda 21. Poverty is linked to the debt problem and is both a cause and an effect of environmental degradation. Overcoming obstacles to meaningful economic growth, including punitive environmental conditionalities attached to structural adjustment programmes, is a prerequisite for the successful implementation of Agenda 21. GEF restructuring must give greater empowerment to the South.