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Fourth Conference of the Parties 
to the Convention to 
Combat Desertification
Bonn, Germany; 11-22 December 2000


Highlights from Friday, 15 December

The Plenary convened for the first of two dialogue sessions with NGOs on synergies between conventions and the role of stakeholders.The Committee on Science and Technology (CST) met in morning and afternoon sessions to adopt draft decisions and conclude its work. Two days after it was scheduled to start, the ad hoc working group to review CCD implementation (AHWG) met on Friday and Saturday to review reports.

Above photo: The dias of the morning plenary included activities of NGOs as part of the official programme of work of the COP



The UNFCCC represented by Janos Pasztor, underscored attaining synergy at the national level, including through organizing multi-stakeholder forums and increasing interactions among the conventions.

Representative from DESERT RESEARCH FOUNDATION, NAMIBIA stressed the importance of harmonising synergies at the national level with those at the local level.

Rogatien Biaou, Benin, gave examples of crosscutting activities relating to the Rio Conventions, which covered integrated water resource management, reforestation, revegetation and tree cultivation and the promotion of renewable energy resources. He said synergies should be complementary and additional to the provisions of the conventions.


The GERMAN NGO FORUM ON ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT represented by Jürgen Maier underscored the need for coherent national policies. The GLOBAL MECHANISM (GM) outlined activities relating to promotion of enabling environments to enhance civil society involvement in National Action Programmes (NAP), and exchanges between resource users, noting that these will be upscaled in the future.

Committee of Science and Technology: CST

The CST also adopted draft decisions: on the CST-5 work programme deciding that the Committee should work on strategies for communication and information to generate best practices for combating desertification and mitigating the effects of drought; on the review and implementation of scientific and technical aspects of national reports, inviting Parties to develop a minimum set of impact indicators for future selection of a set of basic indicators, to mobilize support for affected country Parties, and encouraging Parties to better integrate the scientific and technical community activities in CCD implementation.

Above photo (R-L): CST Chair Olarewanju Smith (Canada)  in consultation with Ahmed Cissoko (Secretariat) during this morning's CST session 

ad hoc Working Group on Implementation: AHWG

The AHWG adopted its work programme and elected three Vice Chairs, Mohammed Reza Jabbari (Iran), Octavio Perez Pardo (Argentina) and Ogtay Jafarov (Azerbaijan) who will act as Rapporteur. Delegates then considered reports on CCD implementation in Cape Verde and Senegal. Left photo (R-L): Manuel Leão Silva de Cavalho (Cape Verde), Co-Chair Mohammed Mahmoud El Ghaouth (Mauritania), Willem van Cotthem (Belgium), and a representative from the Secretariat

Side Event:

The Africa Land and Water Initiative: Integrated Land and Water Management Programme is an interagency initiave that address land degradation and water issues in Africa
Right photo: (R-L): Per Rydén (GM), Moctar Touré(WorldBank-SPAAR), CCD Executive Secretary Hama Arba Diallo, Dr. Traoré, and Dr. Lual Deng

ENB Summary of COP-3
ENB Coverage of COP-3
UNCCD Secretariat web site with COP-4 official documents and information for participants
Introduction to the CCD
Linkages desertification page
Other Internet Resources on Desertification

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