Finally, it must be remembered that
the follow-up to the Conference and effective implementation of the
Programme of Action will not only take place at the diplomatic
level in the United Nations. The small island developing States
themselves must ensure that they reorient their programmes and
policies towards sustainable development. Governments must ensure
that local communities, NGOs, women, youth, indigenous people and
others play a key role in implementing the Programme of Action.
Without active participation of people at all levels -- local,
national, regional and international -- the Programme of Action
will not be worth more than the paper it is written on.