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URGENT ACTION FOR AFRICA AND INTERIM ACTION IN OTHER REGIONS

The aim of the discussion was to show what activities have been initiated in response to the June 1994 resolution on urgent action for Africa, as well as interim activities in other regions. Delegates went further and presented their views on what activities the Interim Secretariat should be involved in, in this respect. India stated that with regard to the sensitivities in the compilation of information and implementation of the resolution, five aspects should be considered: public awareness campaigns; training; capacity building; technology transfer; and people"s empowerment. Kazakhstan noted that although it is natural to give priority to Africa, progress in other regions is also needed.

From the reports, the activities already undertaken or planned can be broadly categorized into: establishing coordinating mechanisms; seminars, forums, workshops and conferences; public awareness raising and document preparation; training and research; preparation and implementation of national action programmes; the role of the Interim Secretariat; and resource mobilization.