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NGO ACTIVITIES:

The NGOs are currently planning a meeting of Asian NGOs in Karachi, Pakistan, from 17-20 June 1995. This meeting is aimed at organizing NGOs and raising awareness about the RIOD Network and Action Plan. NGOs hope to organize a similar meeting in Peru in July 1995. US NGOs will meet on 6 April 1995 in Washington, DC, to organize their own awareness-raising campaign. The organization Solidarit‚ Canada-Sahel is also planning to hold a subregional meeting in Western Africa.

EarthAction is developing a public awareness campaign in affected countries. This will include: action alerts for citizen groups to help them get involved in desertification programme activities; media alerts to assist journalists in producing good news stories and feature articles on desertification activities; and parliamentary alerts to raise issues related to the implementation of the Convention in national legislatures worldwide.

A number of organizations are publishing guides to the Convention, including the Centre for Our Common Future, the International Institute for Environment and Development, and Econews Africa/ELCI.