Amb. Slaheddine Abdellah said that the binding nature
of this Convention is a positive step in the implementation of the
commitments undertaken in Rio. At the OAU Summit in Tunis in June
1994, African States committed to setting up the necessary structures
for the application of the Convention and the African Annex. Affected
countries need technical and financial support. The international
community, in particular the donor countries, needs to afford the
importance due to desertification as a worldwide environmental problem.