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STATUS OF THE CONVENTION:

One issue that was raised during INCD-6 was the status of the Convention. Since the EU and other developed countries were stressing that the role of the Secretariat should be restricted to a facilitative one, the G-77 and China were concerned that the OECD countries were trying to downgrade the Convention to a lower status than the Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Convention on Biological Diversity. Developing countries feared that conditionalities were being stressed beyond the spirit and provisions of the Convention and its regional annexes and, therefore, stressed that the Interim Secretariat should play an activist role in ensuring the status of the Convention. Developed countries responded that the CCD has the same status as other environmental conventions and one delegate expressed the view that, in fact, the CCD was superior to the others because of its bottom-up approach.