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The Ad Hoc Working Group (AHWG) was set up to review and analyze the reports submitted to the third and fourth sessions of the Conference of the Parties. In reviewing reports submitted by different regional and subregional entities, AHWG highlights challenges, best practices and successes.

AHWG also draws conclusions and proposes concrete recommendations on further steps to take to  implement the Convention.

The work of the AHWG helped Parties to decide that a standing subsidiary body of the Convention was needed. This resulted in establishing the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention, (CRIC) during COP5.