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ARTICLE 5 -- OBLIGATIONS OF AFFECTED COUNTRY PARTIES:

This article contains five sub-paragraphs that list the obligations of affected country Parties to: give priority to combatting desertification and mitigating drought; establish strategies and priorities; address the underlying causes of desertification; and promote awareness and facilitate participation of local populations. A fifth obligation -- provide an enabling environment by strengthening relevant existing legislation and, where they do not exist, establishing new laws, long-term policies and action programmes -- remains bracketed.