ARTICLE 15 -- [ASSISTANCE IN][SUPPORT FOR] THE ELABORATION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF ACTION PROGRAMMES:
This article states that
[developed country Parties] [Parties in a position to provide
assistance] shall support (financially and technically) the
elaboration and implementation of action programmes. Malaysia,
supported by India, Peru, Brazil, Saudi Arabia and Iran, wanted to
delete the phrase "other Parties in a position to provide
assistance." Brazil added this Convention should not be using old
terms like "assistance," but rather concepts such as partnership
and cooperation and common but differentiated responsibilities.
Sweden agreed with the notion of partnership, but asked Brazil why
he denied other countries "in a position to provide assistance"
from participating in this partnership. The EU supported by Norway
and the US, suggested deleting this article and incorporating these
elements in Articles 22 and 23 on financial resources. Kenya,
Malaysia and Cameroon, pointed out that every time financial
assistance is mentioned the square brackets are brought out. They
warned against continuing this negative trend.