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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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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


L-R: Pohamba Shifeta, Minister of Environment and Tourism, Namibia; Monique Barbut, UNCCD Executive
Secretary; Mahama Ayariga, Minister, Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ghana; Lűtfi Akça,
Undersecretary, Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, Turkey
; and Gabriel Quijandria Acosta,
Vice-Minister, Strategic Development of Natural Resources, Peru


UNCCDOn Wednesday, 21 October, COP 12 delegates participated in dialogues on land rights, the incentives for investment in SLM, and framing of legislation to protect and rehabilitate land. These dialogues were the final substantive sessions of the two-day High-Level Segment.

CSOs and delegates discussed land rights and the need for actions to ensure tenure security and recognition of customary land rights. On incentives for SLM investment, representatives from the private sector discussed constraints and opportunities for private sector engagement. On framing legislation to protect and rehabilitate land, parliamentarians discussed the role of legislation in addressing DLDD issues.

Contact groups also continued to convene, with discussions addressing, inter alia, the Secretariat’s staffing structure, the future of the Convention’s subsidiary bodies, and the formulation, revision and implementation of action programmes in view of the post-2015 development agenda.

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, has published a summary and analysis of UNCCD COP 12, which is available in HTML and PDF. Available in ENB Mobile at http://enb.iisd.mobi/desert-cop12/


COP High-Level Segment

Land Rights: A dialogue with civil society

L-R: Kevin Kamuya, Utooni Development Organization; Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Coordinator of the Indigenous Women and Peoples Association, Chad; Barbara Thomson, Deputy Minister of the Environment, South Africa; Jullyette Ukabiala, COP 12 Secretary; Moderator Paddy Woodworth, Journalist; Michael Taylor, Director, International Land Coalition (ILC); and Marcos Montoiro, UNCCD Secretariat


Barbara Thomson, Deputy Minister of the Environment, South Africa

Moderator Paddy Woodworth, Journalist


Michael Taylor, Director, International Land Coalition


Kevin Kamuya, Utooni Development Organization

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, Coordinator of the Indigenous Women and Peoples Association, Chad


Xavier Sticker, France

Hadja Kadiatou N'Diaye, Minister of Environment, Water and Forests, Guinea

Kathuri Murungi, Member of Parliament, Kenya

Incentives for investment in sustainable land management: A dialogue with the private sector

Rifat Hisarciklioğlu, President, The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges (TOBB), Turkey, reported on the adoption of the
Ankara Declaration


L-R: Jai Schroff, CEO, UPL, India; Bey Soo Khiang, Chairman, APRIL Group, Indonesia; Rifat Hisarciklioğlu, President, TOBB, Turkey; Benedetto Della Vedova, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy; Jori Joergensen, Secretary of the COP; Moderator Peter Bakker, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); and Marcos Montoiro, UNCCD Secretariat


Benedetto Della Vedova, Vice-Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Italy

Moderator Peter Bakker, WBCSD


Rifat Hisarciklioğlu, President, TOBB, Turkey

Bey Soo Khiang, Chairman, APRIL Group, Indonesia


Jai Schroff, CEO, UPL, India


Asher Nkegbe, Ghana

Nosipho Ngcaba, South Africa

Kees Rade, The Netherlands


Framing of legislation to protect and rehabilitate land: A dialogue with parliamentarians

Ravza Kavakçi-Kan, Member of Parliament, Turkey

Lina Dolores Pohl Alfaro, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, El Salvador


View of the dialogue with parliamentarians


Ali bin Saad Altokhais, Member of Parliament, Saudi Arabia

Joyce Laboso, National Assembly, Kenya


Maria Lourdes Acosta-Alba, Congresswoman, The Philippines

Haroun Kabadi, President, UNCCD Forum of Parliamentarians, and President, National Assembly, Chad


Kabelo Mafura, Minister of Forestry, Range and Soil Conservation, Lesotho

Leigh Welling, US

Djati Witjaksono Hadi, Indonesia

Closing of the COP High-Level Segment

L-R: Pohamba Shifeta, Minister of Environment and Tourism, Namibia; Monique Barbut, UNCCD Executive Secretary; Lűtfi Akça, Undersecretary, Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs, Turkey; Jullyette Ukabiala, Secretary of the COP; Gabriel Quijandria Acosta, Vice-Minister, Strategic Development of Natural Resources, Peru; and Rajeb Boulharouf, UNCCD Secretariat


A video presentation on SLM approaches helping to prevent forced migration in Africa and the Middle East


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

Pohamba Shifeta, Minister of Environment and Tourism, Namibia


Mahama Ayariga, Minister, Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Ghana

Gabriel Quijandria Acosta, Vice-Minister, Strategic Development of Natural Resources, Peru

UNCCD COP 12 Snapshots

Marcos Montoiro, UNCCD Secretariat, in discussion with his staff


Delegates from Botswana, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Mauritania and Seychelles


Participants were treated to free Turkish ice cream


Luc Gnacadja, former UNCCD Executive Secretary with Skumsa Mancotywa, South Africa






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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).