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URGENT ACTION FOR AFRICA:

The reports on the activities undertaken in response to the implementation of the resolution on urgent action for Africa show that a vast amount of work has already been initiated in different countries. Both affected developing countries and donor countries have taken action that indicate positive attempts to ensure that target communities are involved in the preparation of national action plans. Yet, during the course of INCD-6 a number of non-African developing countries expressed concern that the implementation of the resolution on urgent action for Africa has shifted donor focus away from their regions. Without the support of donors (agencies, banks and developed countries), delegates from these countries are afraid that they will have difficulty convincing their governments to sign and/or ratify the Convention. The challenge for the interim period is to implement the resolution on urgent action for Africa, while at the same time ensuring that the affected countries of Asia and Latin America are not forgotten.