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Fifth Session of the Committee for the Review of the
UN Convention to Combat Desertification (CRIC 5)
12-21 March 2007 | Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Highlights for Wednesday, 21 March
The fifth session of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 5) ended on Wednesday, 21 March 2007. During the morning, participants considered the report on the status of celebration of the International Year of Deserts and Desertification and discussed the IIWG’s draft report on the 10-year strategic plan for the UNCCD. In the afternoon they adopted the CRIC 5 report to the eighth session of the UNCCD Conference of Parties (COP 8). The meeting was closed at 4:37 pm.



Chair Moore introduced the draft report of CRIC 5 and, following some minor editorial amendments, it was adopted.

Chair Moore thanked Bruno Dettori, Senator and Vice Minister of the Ministry of the Environment, Italy, for his attendance at CRIC 5.
Bruno Dettori, Italy, welcomed the results of CRIC 5, saying that it has identified the best strategy to address many concerns shared by Parties.
Romina Picolotti, Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development, Argentina, reiterated her country’s commitment in fighting desertification.
Hama Arba Diallo, Executive Secretary of the UNCCD, said that the meeting had provided participants with the opportunity to discuss the important issue of fighting desertification, and that the conclusions and recommendations produced would contribute to the work of COP 8.
Giselle Beja Valent,Uruguay, presented the report of CRIC 5.
Delegates applauded the approval of the report of CRIC 5.
Carlos Humberto Salazar, El Salvador.
Sajmir Hoxha, Albania.

Consideration of the report on the status of celebration of the International Year of Deserts and Desertification.

Rajeb Boulharouf, Secretariat, introduced the interim report on the status of celebration of the International Year of Deserts and Desertification, which he described as a snapshot of the process.
Farhana Haque-Rahman, IFAD, outlined an international conference on women and desertification.
Giorgio Sfara, Italy.
Marc Fagot, France.
Bongani Masuku, Swaziland.
Leopoldo Rojo Serrano, Spain, announced that COP 8 will be hosted in Madrid, Spain, from 3-14 September 2007.
Ositadinma Anaedu, Nigeria, noted the launching of the Green Wall Initiative in his country.
Worapong Waramit, Thailand.
Abdelkader Khelifa, Algeria.
Sem Shikongo, Namibia.
Salvator Ndabirorere, Burundi.
Farhat Ayesha, Pakistan.
Cristoph Kohlmeyer, Germany.
Sajmir Hoxha, Albania.
Stephen Muwaya, Uganda.
Eleanore Fox, United States.
Maria Esther Bondanza, Argentina.
Maria Mbengashe, South Africa.

Behind the Scenes

Langston James "Kimo" Goree VI, ENB, and Christopher Braeuel, Canada.
Kunbao Xia, ENB, and Chair Moore.
Josef Buys and Langston James "Kimo" Goree VI, ENB.
Andrew Brooke, Soledad Aguilar, Kunbao Xia, Alex Conliffe, ENB Team.
Sem Shikongo and Soledad Aguilar, (ENB).
Interpretation team.
Argentine artwork donated to the UNCCD.

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