ARTICLE 14 -- MEASURES TO MITIGATE THE EFFECTS OF DROUGHT:
This article, which lists five types of measures to be
undertaken to mitigate the effects of drought, remains bracketed.
Brazil, Gambia, Iran and most developing countries advocated
removal of the brackets and retention of the article. Kenya and
Senegal commented that removal of this paragraph would "eviscerate"
the entire Convention. Greece, on behalf of the EU, noted that this
Convention should focus on desertification and that the measures in
the sub-paragraphs are already contained in Article 11. The US
proposed moving this article to a technical annex. Australia,
supported by Canada, Sweden and Norway, said that the Convention
should reflect an anticipatory approach that seeks to "manage for
drought" rather than deal with its effects. Australia also
suggested merging elements of this article into the articles on
national action programmes. Mali and Senegal said that in Africa
drought is a permanent phenomenon and governments cannot always act
in an anticipatory manner. No progress was made.