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BENIN:

Amb. Ren‚ Val‚ry Mongbe stressed the importance of combatting poverty and success here depends on changing production and consumption patterns. He hoped that the international community will contribute to the drafting of the convention to combat desertification and will find the financial and technological means to ensure its implementation. He welcomed the French and Dutch proposals to hold intersessional meetings. He mentioned that Benin is establishing a national CSD.