Highlights and images for 11 September 2019



Highlights for Wednesday, 11 September 2019

Group photo of CSO representatives with panelists from the open dialogue session

In the morning, the Conference of the Parties (COP) held the second open dialogue session with civil society, focusing on intergenerational equity, land tenure, food security, green jobs, and migration. The session was organized around two rounds of discussions: intergenerational “testimonies for legacy” aimed at stimulating an exchange between older and younger generations on how to sustain the earth’s resources for future generations; and learning from civil society initiatives on the ground.

Delegates watched a film about Yacouba Sawadogo’s contribution to restoring degraded land in the Sahel using traditional Za’i water efficient techniques. He described his motivation as “I don’t want to eat today and leave future generations with nothing to eat.”

The dialogue closed with a performance by Senegalese musician Baaba Maal, who recalled the rich cultural traditions of the Sahel that pass on messages of peace and love, and the imperative to protect the land for future generations.

In the afternoon, the contact group preparing draft decision texts by the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC) concluded its work. Meanwhile, the Committee of the Whole (COW) contact group on other matters finalized draft decisions on collaboration with civil society organizations (CSOs) and the private sector, and continued consideration of decisions on drought and land tenure into the evening. The COW contact group on budget also worked through the afternoon and evening on the programme and budget for the biennium 2020-2021.

Events on the sidelines of the plenary sessions included, ‘Towards Common Goals: Achieving impact in land-based approaches for sustainable development,’ convened by the UN Environment Programme, and ‘100 Landscapes for 1 Billion People: Towards a Strategy for Scaling Locally-Driven Landscape Regeneration,’ hosted by the UN Development Programme.

The Rio Conventions Pavilion featured the Drought Preparedness Day, presenting successes and challenges of current drought tools, methodologies and policies, and featuring the UNCCD Drought Initiative and other important partnerships and frameworks in this area.For more details on the day’s negotiations and to hear what delegates said in the corridors, see our daily Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB).

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB meeting coverage, provided daily web coverage and daily reports from UNCCD COP 14. In addition, IISD Reporting Services has published a summary and analysis report from this session, which is now available in HTML and PDF.

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Testimonies for Legacy
Jigmet Takpa, India; Carmen Margina, UNCCD Secretariat; Emmanuel Seck, Environment and Development Action (ENDA), Senegal; Marcos Montoiro, UNCCD Secretariat; and Yugratna Srivasta, UN Environment Programme Major Group for Children and Youth, India
Participants during the opening dialogue
Jigmet Takpa, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, India
Yugratna Srivasta, UNEP-MGCY, India
Alvaro Alfaro, Coordinator for the 15th Conference of Youth (COY 15), Chile
Bhawani Shanker Kusum, Society for Rural Development, India
Emmanuel Seck, ENDA, Senegal, and Marcos Montoiro, UNCCD Secretariat
Kwon Byong Hyon, Future Forest, Republic of Korea
Moses Chabuka, Neno Active Youth in Development, Malawi
Participants during the dialogue
Lessons from the Ground
Oindrila Basu, International Forestry Students' Association, India
Sophiko Akhobadze, Regional Environmental Center for the Caucasus, Georgia
Juan Riet, Interdisciplinary Center for Studies on Development, Uruguay 
Mathilde Bourjac, Centre d'Actions et de Réalisations Internationales, France
Luke Mendes, Holy See
UNCCD Executive Secretary Ibrahim Thiaw
R.B. Lal, India
Baaba Maal closes the session on a high note.
Participants watching the musical performance
Baaba Maal, Senegal, performing during the open dialogue
Commitee of the Whole
Juan Carlos Mendoza, Managing Director, Global Mechanism; Marcos Montoiro, UNCCD Secretariat; and Pradeep Monga, Deputy Executive Secretary, UNCCD Secretariat
Christina Blank, Switzerland
Francisco Rilla, Ramsar Convention Secretariat
Nathalie van Haren, Both ENDS
Luo Jiajia, China Green Foundation
Bernardo Macke, Brazil
Juan Carlos Mendoza, Managing Director, Global Mechanism, and Sasha Alexander, UNCCD Secretariat
Around the Venue


Non-state coalitions
Children and Youth