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Sir Martin Holdgate, Chair of the intersessional ad hoc working group on sectoral issues, highlighted recommendations in the Working Group's report on integrated land management, forests, desertification, sustainable mountain development, sustainable agriculture and rural development, and biodiversity.

Bo Kjell�n, Chair of the INC for the Convention to Combat Desertification, noted that the Convention now has 103 signatures. The Convention rests on four pillars: the bottom-up approach; improved coordination between donors and governments of affected countries; the integrated approach; and strengthened scientific efforts. He asked the CSD for continued political support.

Ivy Dumont, President of the first Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity, noted that 117 Parties have ratified the Convention. The COP's statement to the CSD focuses on the need to strengthen coordination, avoid overlap of activities and establish effective collaborative arrangements.