46. Mines, minerals and metals are important for the economic and social development of many countries. Minerals are essential to modern life. Enhancing the contribution of the mining, minerals and metals industry to sustainable development includes measures at all levels to: (e) promote the diffusion of technologies and build the capacity of non-conventional water resources and conservation technologies in developing countries and regions experiencing water scarcity or drought and desertification, through technical and financial support and capacity building; USTR participates, as a member of the U.S. delegation, in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), a multilateral environmental agreement designed to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild fauna and flora does not threaten their survival. (d) develop programmes to mitigate the effects of extreme water-related events; Future generations risk being deprived of geologically limited mineral resources. As far as possible, Contracting Parties shall pay particular attention to the national distribution of land use in the implementation of their development planning. They shall endeavour to take the necessary measures to ensure the integration of the conservation of natural resources into the spatial planning process and shall take into account as far as possible environmental and economic and social factors when drawing up and implementing specific land-use plans at all levels. In order to ensure optimal sustainable land use, they undertake to base their land use plans as much as possible on the ecological performance of the land.
Taking into account the role of water in the functioning of natural ecosystems, the Parties shall take all appropriate measures to preserve their groundwater and surface water resources. (a) strengthening the role of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction and encouraging the international community to provide its trust fund with the necessary financial resources; (k) to encourage and enable all stakeholders to contribute to the achievement of the objectives of the Convention and, in particular, to recognize the special role of youth, women and indigenous and local communities in the conservation and sustainable use of biological diversity; 40. Agriculture plays a key role in meeting the needs of a growing world population and is inseparable from poverty eradication, particularly in developing countries. Strengthening the role of women at all levels and in all aspects of rural development, agriculture, food and food security is essential. . . .