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Land Policy & Practice

Eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP11)
“A stronger UNCCD for a Land-Degradation Neutral World”

16-27 September 2013 | Windhoek, Namibia

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Highlights for Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Delegates in Windhoek, Namibia, began consideration of the UNCCD COP 11 agenda on Tuesday morning, convening in three contact groups during the day. The Committee of the Whole (COW) and the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) began their deliberations in the morning while the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC) met in the afternoon.

The COW plenary opened with a brief exchange of views following an objection raised by the Latin America and Caribbean Group (GRULAC) to the UN Secretary General’s appointment of Monique Barbut as the new UNCCD Executive Secretary. After delegates agreed to refer this issue to the UNCCD Bureau, the COW commenced its consideration of the Intersessional Working Group (IWG) report on the independent mid-term review of the Convention’s 10-year Strategy, and governance and institutional arrangements of the Global Mechanism.

During its opening session in the morning, the CST considered: a proposal to revise and update the roster of independent experts; recommendations from the Ad Hoc Working Group to further discuss the options for the provision of Scientific Advice (AGSA); continuing discussions on the AGSA proposal; and the progress report of the UNCCD Fellowship Programme. In the evening, a CST contact group met to discuss measures to enable the UNCCD to become a global authority on scientific and technical knowledge pertaining to desertification, land degradation and the mitigation of the effects of drought.

Meeting in the afternoon, the CRIC began consideration of the CRIC Report and the multi-year workplans of the Convention’s institutions and subsidiary bodies.

Seven COP 11 side events took place during the day on: sustainable land management (SLM) and livelihoods; outcomes of the Changwon Initiative and its role for a stronger Convention; civil society organizations and sustainable land management and food production; Brazilian experiences in the implementation of the Convention; Atelier francophone préparatoire à la CdP 11; and the launch of a networking process of international scientific bodies on research on land degradation and desertification.

Taking place in conjunction with COP 11, The Rio Conventions Pavilion convened on Tuesday morning for Indigenous and Local Community Sustainable Land Managers Day, hosted by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Equator Initiative. Sessions addressed: sustainable use of water in Sub-Saharan Africa; beyond the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); engaging with extractive industries; best practices for SLM and the strengthening of alternative livelihoods; and knowledge exchange for capacity building.

In the evening a reception was hosted by the World Indigenous Network (WIN), during which the Equator Initiative launched a book titled “SLM: Learning from Indigenous and Local Communities.”


View of the Committee of the Whole (COW) in plenary with Chair Chencho Norbu, Bhutan,
presiding over the committee
L-R: Luc Gnacadja, UNCCD Executive Secretary; Chencho Norbu, COW Chair; and Sonia Elliott, UNCCD
Yahiaoui Dahmane, Algeria
Jason Williams, Antigua and Barbuda
Andrés Comba Morales, Colombia
L-R: Namibia, Swaziland, Uganda and Algeria in informal consultations
L-R: Mary Rowen and Barbara De Rosa-Joynt, US
Raed Bani Hani, Jordan
Gao Feng, China
Israel Torres, Panama
Thiago Cavalcanti, Brazil
Nguyen Phu Hung, Viet Nam
Yves Guinand, Switzerland
L-R: Pier Carlo Sandei and Kamar Yousuf, UN Envrionment Programme
CST dais looking over text before the start of the session
View of the CST plenary
Mariam Akhtar-Schuster, Chair AGSA
Antônio Rocha Magalhães, Chair CST
Stefan Sommer, CST Rapporteur, EU
Delegates from Namibia consulting
Uriel Safriel, Israel
María Nery Urquiza, Cuba
Christophe Bring, Cameroon
Asghar Tahmasebi, Iran
Elena Havlicek, Switzerland
Patrick Wegerdt, EU
L-R: Ricardo Biancalani and Sally Bunning, UN Food and Agriculture
L-R: Mary Rowen, CRIC Chair and Sonia Elliott, UNCCD Secretariat
Yohpy Ichsan Wardana, Indonesia
Warwick Harris, Marshall Islands
Mohamed Ghanam, Morocco
L-R: Cynthia Ehmes, Federated States of Micronesia; Worapong Waramit, Thailand; Asghar
, Iran; Yang Youlin, UNCCD Secretariat; and Louisa Karika, Cook Islands
L-R: David Ainsworth and Veronica Lo, CBD Secretariat
Gobabeb Research and Training Centre showing UNCCD COP 11 participants a living
exhibition of desert wildlife.
Gerhard Baufeldt, Baufi's Agricutlture Services, showing a video of
his company's agricultural products
Taunu Iipinge, Edu Ventures, with Raed Bani
, Jordan
Exhibitor from the UNCCD COP 11 craft market weaving raw organic silk
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UNCCD resources

*COP11 website

*COP11 annotated agenda

*COP11 documents

*CST 11 provisional annotated agenda

*CST 11 documents

*CRIC 12 provisional agenda

*CRIC 12 documents

*Host country website

IISD RS resources

*IISD RS coverage of the UNCCD 2nd Scientific Conference, CST S-3 and CRIC 11, 9-12 and 15-19 April 2013, Bonn, Germany

*IISD RS coverage of UNCCD COP 10, 10-21 October 2011, Changwon City, Republic of Korea

*IISD RS summary of UNCCD CST S-2 and CRIC 9, 16-18 and 21-25 February 2011, Bonn, Germany (English: HTML - PDF) (French: HTML - PDF)

IISD RS coverage of UNCCD COP 9, 21 September - 2 October 2009, Buenos Aires, Argentina

*IISD RS coverage of UNCCD CST S-1 and CRIC 7, 3-14 November 2008, Istanbul, Turkey

*Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) coverage of desertification negotiations

*LAND-L - A news and announcement list on land policy issues

*Land Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Addressing Sustainable Land

*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news

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