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NORWAY:

On behalf of the Nordic countries, Amb. Arne H"nningstad said that the Convention provides a framework for affected countries and peoples, as well as relevant organizations and donors, to address the serious problems caused by land degradation and the increasing imbalance between people and available resources. The Nordic countries will actively participate by reviewing development cooperation in areas such as poverty alleviation, land degradation and freshwater in light of the provisions of the Convention.