UNDP Administrator James Gustave Speth addressed the Committee Wednesday morning. He said that partnerships and compacts at the national level are essential to the successful formulation and implementation of national action programmes. To enable partnership building, a forum must be provided whereby key stakeholders and partners can get together to initiate and maintain an exchange of views on national action programmes and the means to support the Convention. To implement the Convention, UNDP and UNSO"s work has been refocused to address the root causes of desertification. UNSO"s geographic focus is being broadened to include all affected developing countries. UNEP and UNDP are collaborating on a desertification management facility to provide resources for catalyzing actions and developing a data base to monitor resource flows for desertification control activities.