Highlights and images for 13 September 2017



On Wednesday, 13 September, UNCCD COP 13 delegates convened in a morning plenary meeting of the COW to consider: implementation of the comprehensive communication strategy and the UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification (2010-2020); promotion and strengthening of relationships with other relevant conventions and international organizations, institutions and agencies; participation and involvement of civil society organizations and the private sector in meetings and processes of the UNCCD; and the business engagement strategy.

In the afternoon, the CRIC adopted six draft decisions on: development and implementation of strategies through national action programmes to achieve the objectives of the Convention in light of target 15.3 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; mobilization of resources for the implementation of the Convention; collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF); and two draft decisions on procedural matters. COW contact groups on the budget and on other matters met during the day and late into the evening.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis report from the UNCCD COP 13. The summary and analysis report is now available in HTML and PDF.

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Committee of the Whole (COW)

COW Chair Nosipho Ngcaba

Sophiko Akhobadze, Executive Director, Regional Environmental Center for the Caucasus, Georgia, making a statement on behalf of the CSO Panel

Bariş Karapinar, Lead Author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, making a statement on behalf of the CSO Panel

Marcos Montoiro, UNCCD Secretariat

Jones Muleso Kharika, UNCCD Secretariat

Heruy Asghedom, Eritrea

Helge Elisabeth Zeitler, EU

Kulov Kubanychbek, Kyrgyzstan

Britta Hackenberg, Namibia

CSO participants at the COW session

L-R: Alexandru Marchis, UNCCD Secretariat; and Simone Quatrini, Global Mechanism (GM)

Marioldy Sánchez Santivañez, Asociación para la Investigación y Desarrollo Integral (AIDER), Peru

Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC)

CRIC Chair Aliyu Bananda

L-R: Sabine Sakr, UNCCD Secretariat; CRIC Chair Aliyu Bananda; and June Budhooram, Secretary

Atelaite Matoto, Tonga

Christina Blank, Switzerland

L-R: Nelson Jossamo; Mario Custódio; and Armindo Cambule, Mozambique

L-R: Melissa Cotterill, Australia, with Marcus Davies and Bob Turnock, Canada

Photos from the Launch of the LDN Fund


Photos from the Kubuqi Desert field trip hosted by the Elion Resources Group and the Government of China

COP 13 Snapshots

Logos of local companies supporting COP 13

View of a side event on the Voluntary Guidelines on Sustainable Soil Management organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

View of the "Save the Earth," a Green Corps digital exhibition on land degradation

L-R: Frederika Teixeira; Edison Espiritu; and Marie-Paule Lorka-Lavri, UNCCD Secretariat


Negotiating blocs
European Union