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12th Session of the Conference of the Parties
to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 12)

12-23 October 2015 | Ankara, Turkey

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UNCCD Secretariat and UNCCD Science-Policy Interface members at the close of the CST


UNCCDUNCCD COP 12 participants convened in contact groups throughout the final day of the first week, to discuss draft decisions related to the COP, CRIC and CST agendas.

The CST contact group concluded its work, following which CST 12 convened for its final session. The CST’s six draft decisions, which the CST adopted without comment, addressed: Outcomes of the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference (L.1); Improving the efficiency of the CST (L.2); Improvement of knowledge dissemination, including traditional knowledge, best practices and success stories (L.3); Work programme of the Science-Policy Interface (L.4); Roster of independent experts (L.5); and Programme of work for CST 13 (L.6).

During the discussion of the six decisions in Plenary, however, delegates proposed a number of amendments and the discussion will continue on three decisions on Monday.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage and daily reports from the 12th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. In addition, IISD Reporting Services, will publish a summary and analysis of UNCCD COP 12 on Monday, 26 October 2015. Available in ENB Mobile at http://enb.iisd.mobi/desert-cop12/


Committee on Science and Technology (CST)

Uriel Safriel, Chair of the CST (Israel), convened the final session of CST


Matthias Magunda, CST Rapporteur (Uganda)

Uriel Safriel, Chair of the CST (Israel)


L-R: Matthias Magunda, CST Rapporteur (Uganda); Victor Castillo, UNCCD Secretariat; and Uriel Safriel, Chair of the CST (Israel); and Mohammad Irfan Soomro, Secretary to the CST


Mohsen Abdolhoseini, Iran

Walter Engelberg, Germany, speaking on behalf of the EU


L-R: Yaïr Levy, OZG Belgium, and Marioldy Sánchez Santivañez, Asociación para la Investigación y el Desarrollo
Integral (AIDER), Peru


L-R: Samuel Contreras and Silvino Tejada, the Philippines

Delegates from Kenya reviewing draft CST draft text


L-R: Yerlan Zhumabayev, Kazakhstan, and Rysbek Apasov, Kyrgyzstan

Delegates from the EU consulting


Conference of the Parties (COP)

L-R: Victor Castillo, UNCCD Secretariat; Rajeb Boulharouf, UNCCD Secretariat; Uriel Safriel, Chair of the CST (Israel); Sedat Kadioglu, Deputy Undersecretary, Ministry for Forestry and Water Affairs, Turkey, on behalf of COP 12 President; Jullyette Ukabiala, COP 12 Secretary


Rajeb Boulharouf, Chef de Cabinet, UNCCD Secretariat

Sedat Kadioglu, Deputy Undersecretary, Ministry for Forestry and Water Affairs, Turkey, on behalf of COP 12 President


Felipe Costa, Brazil


Jeff Herrick, US

Sun Guoshun, China

Rol Reiland, Luxembourg, speaking on behalf of the EU

COW Contact Group on Matters other than Programme and Budget

Delegates drafting text at the contact group on COW and Other matters


UNCCD COP 12 Snapshots

Delegates from the budget contact group in informal consultations



Janet Macharia, UNEP, delivering her presentation on LDN and gender at the Rio Conventions Pavilion


UNCCD COP 12 Gender Day volunteers at the Rio Conventions Pavilion


GEF side event on GEF-6 programming and UNCCD enabling activity support


GM side event on the LDN Fund


Participants at the Ankara city tour


View of the city of Ankara

Remnants of the temple of Augustus



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Specific funding for coverage of UNCCD COP 12 has been provided by the
European Commission, the UNCCD Secretariat and the Ministry of Forest and Water Management of Turkey
SDC UNCCD Ministry of Forest and Water Management of Turkey

IISD Reporting Services is grateful to the many donors of the Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) and recognizes the following as core contributors to the ENB: the European Union, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES), the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, SWAN International, Government of Switzerland (the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Funding for translation of the Bulletin into French is provided by the Government of France, the Wallonia, Québec, and the International Organization of La Francophonie/Institute for Sustainable Development of La Francophonie (IOF/IFDD).