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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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Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the President of the Republic of Turkey, shaking hands with Gunnar Sveinsson,
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Iceland


UNCCDOn Tuesday, 20 October, delegates at UNCCD COP 12 gathered for the High-Level Segment. The President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, gave a welcome address, following which the President of COP 12 and other dignitaries addressed delegates. Three parallel roundtables took place during the afternoon, addressing the following themes: From global to local: translating land degradation neutrality into action; Drought adaptation: mainstreaming drought management policy in national agendas and mitigating the effects of drought; and Land-based adaptation to climate change: resilience through sustainable land management. A Business Forum and a Roundtable of Parliamentarians also took place. Contact groups continued in the afternoon and into the evening to draft the COP 12 decisions.

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/


COP High-Level Segment

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the President of the Republic of Turkey, with UNCCD VIPs


Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the President of the Republic of Turkey, opened the High-Level Segment


Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States
(UN-OHRLLS), speaking on behalf of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Barbara Thomson, Deputy Minister of the Environment, South Africa, speaking on behalf of the G-77/China


Tenzin Dhendup, Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan, speaking on behalf of the Asia-Pacific States

Théophile Chabi Worou, Minister of Environment, Benin, speaking on behalf of the African States


Lina Dolores Pohl Alfaro, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, El Salvador, speaking on behalf of the Group of Latin American and Caribbean States (GRULAC)

Igor Kachanovsky, Vice-Minister of Natural Resources and Environmental Protection, Belarus, speaking on behalf of the Group of Central and Eastern European States


Noel Oettlé, Environmental Monitoring Group (EMG), speaking on behalf of civil society organizations

Camille Gira, Secretary of State for Sustainable Development and Infrastructure, Luxembourg, speaking on behalf of the EU



Delegates watched a video presentation by the Turkish government


Monique Barbut, UNCCD Executive Secretary

Veysel Eroğlu, COP 12 President


L-R: Rajeb Boulharouf, UNCCD Secretariat; Monique Barbut, UNCCD Executive Secretary; Veysel Eroğlu, COP 12 President; Jullyette Ukabiala, COP 12 Secretary; and Gyan Chandra Acharya, Under-Secretary-General, UN-OHRLLS

Parallel Roundtables

View of the roundtable session on "From global to local: translating land degradation neutrality into action"


Dais of the roundtable session on "From global to local: translating land degradation neutrality into action"


View of the roundtable session on "land-based approach to climate change: resilience through sustainable land management"


L-R: Moujahed Achouri, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO); Braulio Dias, CDB Executive
Secretary; Rol Reiland, Luxembourg; and Camille Gira, Luxembourg


Dais of the roundtable session on "land-based approach to climate change: resilience through sustainable land management"


View of the roundtable session on "Drought adaptation: mainstreaming drought management policy in national agendas and mitigating the
effects of drought"


L-R: Jorge Ernesto Quezada Díaz, El Salvador, with Lina Dolores Pohl Alfaro, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, El Salvador

Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General, World Meteorological Organization (WMO)

Roundtable of Parliamentarians

L-R: Roberto Ferrer Jr., the Philippines; Congresswoman Maria Lourdes Acosta-Alba, the Philippines; Ahmet Senyaz, Turkey; and
Sezgin Aksy, Turkey


Business Forum

L-R: Monique Barbut, UNCCD Executive Secretary; Lűtfi Akça, Undersecretary, Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs,
Turkey; and Rifat Hisarciklioğlu, President, The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB), Turkey


Lűtfi Akça, Undersecretary, Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs,
Turkey

Rifat Hisarciklioğlu, President, The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB), Turkey


View of the business forum session


UNCCD COP 12 Snapshots

L-R: Kimo Goree, Vice-President, IISD, in discussion with Muleso Jones Kharika and Skumsa Mancotywa, South Africa


Turkish traditional dancers



Turkish performers wearing intricate headdresses










ENB Daily Coverage—About | 12 Oct | 13 Oct | 14 Oct | 15 Oct | 16 Oct | 19 Oct | 20 Oct | 21 Oct | 22 Oct | 23 Oct | Summary
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).