The United Nations Conference on Desertification, meeting in Nairobi, has set an informal goal of "zero desert growth" by the year 2000.
The United Nations Conference on Desertification, meeting in Nairobi, has set an informal goal of "zero desert growth" by the year 2000. It's hoped that by then the growth of deserts will have been cancelled out by programmes of desert reclamation. Many delegates from the one hundred nations attending the conference are agreed on the need for massive funds to be poured into projects to stop the growth of deserts throughout the world. But the tone of mutual effort and co-operation was met with a strident political speech by the delegate from the Pan African Congress, Mr. D. Morwatshehla during the session on Friday (2 September).
While some of the delegates at the conference supported the Pan Africa Congress attitude, others opposed turning the need for action against the growth of the world's deserts into a political slugging match. The Mauritanian delegation leader, Mamadou Diop, speaking in French said the struggle against desertification, if it,s to be efficient, needs real co operation, at all levels. Success, he said, depended on how much effort the international community would deploy.
The Canadian delegation leader agreed, and outlined Canada's existing commitment to the problem.