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EU/UN : COMBATING POVERTY, DESERTIFICATION AND CLIMATE CHANGE.

In conclusions adopted at the end of the General Affairs Council of July 23, EU foreign ministers have stressed "the urgency of continuous, enhanced and vigorous efforts at all levels to achieve the global target of accomplishing the Millennium Development Goals and to significantly reduce the expansion of areas affected by desertification". The announcement was made ahead of eighth meeting of the Conference of Parties of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) to be held in Madrid on 3-14 September. The Council is calling for the swift implementation of the convention and for the development of real synergies between the desertification', climate' and biodiversity' conventions.

The EU attaches the greatest importance to the adoption, at the Madrid conference, of a ten-year plan to strengthen the implementation of the convention. It asks that the relation between poverty and desertification is addressed and stresses the possible contribution of this convention in close cooperation with the other initiatives relating to the sustainable management of forests, access to water and migration. The Council also insists on the need to increase knowledge through the Science and Technology Committee and to draft standards for the conservation, management and sustainable use of drylands.

It asks for a detailed examination of financing by existing instruments and the contribution of new financial resources for a more effective management of measures in the fight against desertification. On a more procedural level, the EU stresses that an effective secretariat equipped with a "solid" budget is a prerequisite for the "healthy administrative and financial management" of the UNCCD.

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