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.