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


Highlights from Monday, 18 December

The Plenary convened throughout the day for the special segment on the implementation of the Convention and heard two statements from Prime Ministers, and 27 by ministers, high-level officials and representatives of UN bodies and specialized agencies. The ad hoc working group on the review of CCD implementation (AHWG) met to consider the African regional report, four sub-regional reports, and five country reports. It also heard a report by the CST on its work and its contribution to the AHWG.


Above photo: The dias of the morning plenary composed of  (L-R) CCD Executive Secretary Hama Arba Diallo, H.E. Mr. Pakalitha Masisili (Prime Minister of Lesotho), H.E. Mr. Hama Amadou (Prime Minister of Niger), COP-4 President Zamba Bartjargal, Secretary of the Meeting, H.E. Mrs. Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul (Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development) and Mrs. Bärbel Dieckmann, Lord Mayor of Bonn


CCD Executive Secretary, Mr. Hama Arba Diallo called for an extensive review of national implementation reports. He also read a message from UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan who appealed to donors to mobilize adequate resources for affected developing country use.

RealAudio of Hama Arba Diallo's plenary statement to follow soon

explained poor nations' inability to deal with desertification due to dwindling development resources, the nega­tive impact of globalization, and trends in international commodity markets. He urged for a permanent structure for the COP to analyze and utilize national reports. 
RealAudio of Prime Minister Hama Amadou's plenary statement 

outlined the Southern African Development Community's (SADC) efforts in land reclamation and water conservation and recalled the outputs of the African preparatory meeting held in Algiers in October 2000. 
RealAudio of Prime Minister Pakalitha Bethuel Masisili's plenary statement 

Left photo (L-R): H.E. Mr. Pakalitha Masisili (Prime Minister of Lesotho) and H.E. Mr. Hama Amadou (Prime Minister of Niger)


Mr. Ian Johnson Vice-President of the WORLD BANK said that the Bank recently approved a US$2.5 million development grant to the GM. 
RealAudio of Ian Johnson's plenary statement 

Mr. Fawzi Al-Sultan of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) said that given low development assistance levels, it is counterproductive to create a fund for the CCD in addition to the Global Mechanism (GM).

RealAudio of Mr. Fawzi Al-Sultan's plenary statement 

The UN FRAMEWORK CONVENTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE Secretariat said that the desertification dimension needs to be kept visible in the climate change negotiations. He said that bringing out synergies between the Rio Conventions is not only a task for the Secretariats but for all Parties. 

RealAudio of Michael Zammit Cutajar's plenary statement 

The CONVENTION ON BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY Secretariat described extensive joint activities under the Biodiversity and Desertification Conventions.
RealAudio of Hamdallah Zedan's plenary statement 

Left photo (L-R): Hamdallah Zedan, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity and Michael Zammit Cutajar, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Hon. Minister H.N. Ashequr Rahman (
Bangladesh) pleaded for support to the CCD as a step towards environmental justice.

H.E. George Foulkes (
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) noted the need to integrate CCD processes in central planning functions and said its official development assistance in 2003-4 will increase from 0.26% to 0.33%.

Ad Hoc Working Group on Implementation

REPORT BY THE CST: Chair Olarewanju Smith (Canada), reported on the contribution of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) to the AHWG, as mandated by the COP. He highlighted a CST draft decision that takes note of concerns regarding the lack of scientific and technological information, particularly indicators and benchmarks, in the national reports. The decision encourages Parties to include such information and requests the Secretariat to revise the Help Guide to aid Parties to better reflect the activities of their scientific communities in their national reports.

Representative from SADC outlined its regional coordination units, focussing on the Environment and Land Management Sector. The areas addressed are: capacity building and institutional strengthening; promotion of early warning systems; cooperation in the sustainable management of shared resources; development and transfer of technologies; information sharing and exchange; development of alternative energy; and socio-economic issues. He noted efforts to establish a donor hub to facilitate coordination.

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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