Amb. Besley Maycock, on behalf of the 12 States of
the Caribbean Community, supported the call for prompt action to combat
desertification. The Convention is a balanced document that addresses
physical, biological, social and cultural issues related to desertification.
The focus on the elaboration of action programmes is important. The
Caricom States expressed hope for the necessary political will during the
implementation stage to ensure the early and effective operation of the
Convention once it enters into force.