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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 Friday, 23 October 2015

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Monique Barbut, UNCCD Executive Secretary, with Rol Reiland, EU


UNCCDUNCCD COP 12 delegates worked in contact groups throughout Friday, 23 October, to complete their negotiations. The final meetings of the CRIC and COW will convene to review the draft decisions from these contact groups, with a view to recommending them for adoption during a COP Plenary session.

As of 6:30 pm, the CRIC contact group had completed its work but the final CRIC session had not yet been scheduled.

From 8:05 pm to 8:20 pm, the COW considered and adopted six decisions. The COW was then suspended, pending distribution of the draft programme and budget decision.

The CRIC was called to order at 8:56 pm, and adopted six decisions. The new CRIC Bureau was also elected. The meeting suspended at 9:11 pm, while delegates awaited new documents.

The COW convened at 9:42 pm to adopt the programme and budget for the biennium 2016-2017. The decision was adopted without comment, and the COW closed at 9:44 pm.

The CRIC opened at 9:53 pm. Following the adoption of the report of CRIC 14, the CRIC closed at 10:11 pm.

The COP plenary opened for the final time at 10:29 pm.

The COP closed at 11:54 pm.

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/


Conference of the Parties (COP)

Sedat Kadioglu, Deputy Undersecretary, Ministry for Forestry and Water Affairs, Turkey, on behalf of COP 12
President, reconvened the COP for the final time at 10:29 pm.



L-R: Rajeb Boulharouf, UNCCD Secretariat; Monique Barbut, UNCCD Executive Secretary; Sedat Kadioglu, Deputy Undersecretary, Ministry for Forestry and Water Affairs, Turkey, on behalf of COP 12 President; Jullyette Ukabiala, COP 12 Secretary; and Raymond Baptiste, acting Chair of the CRIC (Grenada)



Monique Barbut, UNCCD Executive Secretary, delivering her closing remarks



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



Nicholas Hanley, EU



Christo Janse Van Noordwyk, South Africa, speaking for G77/China

Serkan Aykut, Forresters' Association of Turkey, speaking for Civil Society

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


Sedat Kadioglu, Deputy Undersecretary, Ministry for Forestry and Water Affairs, Turkey,
on behalf of COP 12 President, gaveled the meeting to a close at 11:54 pm.


Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC)

Raymond Baptiste, acting Chair of the CRIC (Grenada)



Yurie Kolmaz, CRIC Rapporteur (Ukraine) and Anja Thust, UNCCD Secretariat

Raymond Baptiste, acting Chair of the CRIC (Grenada) and Jori Joergensen, Secretary of the CRIC


Delegates reviewing the CRIC draft decicions



L-R: Rayseer Ismail and Salah Tambel, Sudan, reviewing CRIC draft decisions


Committee of the Whole (COW)

Thomas Tichelmann, Chair of the COW (Ireland)



L-R: Massimo Candelori, UNCCD Secretariat; Thomas Tichelmann, Chair of the COW (Ireland); and Jori Joergensen, Secretary
of the COW



Alfredo Blum, Uruguay

Abdulaziz Alhowaish, Saudi Arabia

Jean Ilunga Muneng, Democratic Republic of the Congo


Thomas Tichelmann, Chair of the COW (Ireland), adjourned the COW at 9:44 pm



UNCCD COP 12 Press Conference

L-R: Monique Barbut, UNCCD Executive Secretary; Lűtfi Akça, Undersecretary, Ministry of Forestry and Water Affairs,
Turkey; and Wagaki Wischnewski, UNCCD Secretariat




UNCCD COP 12 Snapshots

Patrice Burger, CARI, in discussion with civil society


L-R: Neha Sheth, Barbara De Rosa-Joynt, and Mary Rowen, US


L-R: Medani Sihem, Yahiaoui Redouane, and Ghazi Zohra, Algeria



View of the side event on UNCCD Enabling Activities: Lessons Learned from the Global Support Programme and National Action
Programme (NAP) Alignment Projects, organized by the Global Mechanism, UNCCD Secretariat, UNEP and GEF


Alberto Limo Segura, Peru, sharing his country's experiences from its UNCCD enabling activities


UNCCD Secretariat staff posing with UNCCD COP 12 participants


Young whirling dervishes


Turkish Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock (MoFAL), organized a reception for UNCCD COP 12 participants

UNCCD Secretariat and Turkish participants at the MoFAL reception


L-R: Nowelyn Tshering, GM Secretariat; Marie-Paule Lorka-Cavri; Katheryn Jimenez; and Frederika Teixeira,
UNCCD Secretariat


L-R: ENB team at the UNCCD COP 12 with Laura Russo, Lynn Wagner, Franz Dejon, Tallash Kantai,
Jennifer Lenheart
, Wangu Mwangi, Annelies van Gaalen, and Tristan Tyrrell






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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).