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CANADA commended the implementation efforts of the affected countries and called on the Secretariat to provide more comprehensive information on the activities. He also highlighted the role of NGOs and local populations in combating desertification.
HAITI and PERU urged enhanced support for implementation programmes and institutional strengthening in the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch.
Executive Secretary Diallo, supported by UZBEKISTAN among others, stressed the importance of elaborating a fifth annex to the Convention and said informal consultations will be finalized once the countries concerned accede to Party status.
SWEDEN (pictured here with the ENB's Angela Churie) stressed concentration of efforts on the national and local levels based on national priorities

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