and Mexico welcomed the progress made so far in
the INCD and noted that this Convention is important to Latin
America as many countries in the region suffer from desertification
and the Convention should address the interests and realities in
all countries affected. Pakistan also supported the INCD.
While the regional instrument for Africa is of critical importance,
Pakistan hoped that the other regional instruments can also be
negotiated well in time. The problem of land degradation,
especially caused by waterlogging and salinity, must be effectively
dealt with in the context of the regional instruments.