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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

Highlights for Thursday, 22 October 2015

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Thomas Tichelmann, Chair of the COW (Ireland), in discussion with delegates from the US


UNCCDOn Thursday, 22 October, UNCCD COP 12 delegates convened in a morning meeting of the COW to consider and adopt decisions on: leveraging of synergies among the Rio Conventions and promoting partnerships with other international agencies and bodies (ICCD/COP(12)/L.1); addressing particular regional and national conditions (ICCD/COP(12)/L.2); integration of the SDGs and targets into the implementation of the UNCCD and the IWG report on LDN (ICCD/COP(12)/L.4).

The COP Plenary met immediately following the COW session, and adopted the three COW decisions as well as three revised CST decisions, on: the outcomes of the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference (ICCD/COP(12)/CST/L.1/Rev.1); the improvement of knowledge dissemination, including traditional knowledge, best practices and success stories (ICCD/COP(12)/CST/L3./Rev.1); and the work programme of the Science-Policy Interface (ICCD/COP(12)/CST/L.4/Rev.1).

Contact groups and informal groups continued negotiating additional draft decisions throughout the day and into the evening.

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/


Committee of the Whole (COW)

L-R: Massimo Candelori, UNCCD Secretariat; Thomas Tichelmann, Chair of the COW (Ireland); Jullyette Ukabiala, Secretary of the
COW during the adoption of draft decisions in the morning


Thomas Tichelmann, Chair of the COW (Ireland)



Ambroise Zanga, Central African Republic

María Teresa Kralikas, Argentina

Yurie Kolmaz, Ukraine


Asher Nkegbe, Ghana

Mohammed Jawad Al Khatab, Iraq

Luca Marmo, EU


Delegates from the US



Conference of the Parties (COP)

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


Rajeb Boulharouf, UNCCD Secretariat

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


Ahmet Senyaz, Turkey

Felipe Costa and Luciana Valadares, Brazil


L-R: Genoveva Campos Gil, Venezuela, discussing draft decisions with Dominga
Polanco
, Dominican Republic

Contact Groups

L-R: George Orina, Kenya, and Felipe Costa, Brazil, consulting bilaterally over
budget matters


Members of the budget contact group consulting in an informal breakout group


View of the CRIC contact group


UNCCD COP 12 Snapshots

Frederick Esguerra, UN Security, keeps a vigilant watch over the participants


L-R: Rawea Alazawy, Mohammed Jawad Al Khatab, and Ali Al Jasem, Iraq


Xavier Sticker, France, speaking at the Rio Conventions Pavilion special event organized by CARI


Turkish traditional dancers


L-R: Ali Taniş, Yasemen Asli Yilmazgil, Zlem Yazuz, and Pilar Canli, Turkish Organizing Committee
for UNCCD COP 12


Turkish local staff at UNCCD COP 12






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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

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