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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.