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NGO ACTIVITIES

NGOs held two meetings November to discuss their role in implementing the Convention to Combat Desertification. The first meeting was held in Ougadougou, Burkina Faso, from 9-12 November 1994. This meeting was aimed at developing an international NGO network called the "Reseau International des ONG sur la Desertification" (RIOD), which will help coordinate NGO participation in the preparation of national action plans.

The second meeting was held in Brussels from 28-30 November 1994. Participants examined the Convention and the challenges of implementation, including the European Union"s role in combating desertification, regional aspects in implementing the Convention, coordinated implementation, and the role of NGOs in implementation. They also discussed a North-South NGO partnership and coordination of European NGOs in the implementation of the Convention.