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13th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 13)

6-15 September 2017 | Ordos, China

Highlights for Monday, 11 September 2017

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L-R: Monique Barbut, UNCCD Executive Secretary, with Wang Yang, Vice Premier of China

On Monday, 11 September, UNCCD COP 13 delegates gathered for the High-Level Segment. Wang Yang, Vice Premier of China, delivered the message sent by Xi Jinping, President of China and presented a keynote speech, following which the UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, and other dignitaries addressed delegates. Three parallel roundtables were held during the afternoon, addressing the following themes: Land degradation: A challenge to development, prosperity and peace; Drought and sand and dust storms: Early warning and beyond; and Land degradation neutrality: “From targets to action…what will it take?” A Business Forum also took place.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis report from the UNCCD COP 13. The summary and analysis report is now available in HTML and PDF.

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High-Level Segment

UNCCD COP 13 logo above the plenary hall


L-R: Monique Barbut, UNCCD Executive Secretary; Wang Yang, Vice Premier of China; and Zhang Jianlong, President of COP 13


Video presentation on Chinese progress in combating desertification


L-R: Rajeb Boulharouf, Chef de Cabinet, UNCCD Secretariat; Pradeep Monga, UNCCD Deputy Executive Secretary; and Li Jiheng, Party Secretary Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, China


L-R: Carmen Margina, UNCCD Secretariat; Jiang Zelin, Deputy Secretary General, State Council, China; and Trevor Benn, Rapporteur


Zhang Jianlong, President of COP 13


Monique Barbut, UNCCD Executive Secretary

Wang Yang, Vice Premier of China


Wang Yang, Vice Premier of China, delivers the message by Xi Jinping, President of China, and gives his keynote speech


Video message by António Guterres, UN Secretary-General


Naoko Ishii, CEO, Global Environment Facility (GEF)

María Victoria Chiriboga, Undersecretary of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment, Ecuador

Lína Pohl, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, El Salvador


Siim Kiisler, Minister of the Environment, Estonia

Richard Mwendendu, Director, Multilateral Environmental Agreements, Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Kenya

Joseph Chennoth, Apostolic Nuncio to Japan, Holy See


Liu Yang, Youth Representative, China

Rawea Mizel Mahmood, General Director, Ministry of Agriculture, Forests and Desertification, Iraq

Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim, M'Boro Indigenous Women and People Association, Chad


L-R: Cristiana Paşca Palmer, Executive Secretary, Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD); Catalina Santamaria, CBD Secretariat; and Cai Lijie, CBD Secretariat


Roundtable 1: Land degradation: A challenge to development, prosperity and peace

Manoel Sobral Filho, Director, UN Forum on Forests (UNFF)

Sydney Alexander Samuels Milson, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Guatemala


View of the roundtable discussions on land degradation


Abdulrahman Bello Dambazau, Minister of Interior, Nigeria

Alahgie Camara, President, Gambian Returnees Association, the Gambia


Hamud Mohamud, State Minister, Office of the Prime Minister, Somalia

Jennifer MacIntyre, Ambassador for Climate Change, Canada



Roundtable 2: Drought and sand and dust storms: Early warning and beyond

View of the roundtable discussions on drought, and sand and dust storms


Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment

Sheikh Abdullah Ahmed Al-Sabah, General Director, Environment Public Authority, Kuwait


Penomwenyo Pohamba Shifeta, Minister Environment and Tourism, Namibia

Christine Dawson, Director, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Department of State, US

Díego Moreno, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Argentina


Roundtable 3: Land degradation neutrality: “From targets to action…what will it take?”

View of the roundtable discussions on land degradation neutrality


Johanita Ndahimananjara, Minister of Environment, Ecology and Forests, Madagascar

Cristiana Paşca Palmer, CBD Executive Secretary


Cyrie Sendashonga, IUCN

Luc Gnacadja, Local Climate Adaptive Living Facility (LoCAL)


Gilberto Silva, Minister of Agriculture and Environment, Cabo Verde

Felix Monggae, Botswana



COP 13 Snapshots

L-R: Domingos Barros, Cabo Verde; Jacques de Pina Tavares, Cabo Verde; Frederika Teixeira, UNCCD Secretariat; and Gilberto Silva, Minister of Agriculture and Environment, Cabo Verde


L-R: Kimo Goree, Vice President, IISD, in a conversation with Christine Dawson, US


A traditional Mongolian yurt serving as a VIP lounge







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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 and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. General Support for the Bulletin during 2017 is provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES), New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Switzerland (Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)), and SWAN International. Specific funding for coverage of this meeting has been provided by the People’s Republic of China. Funding for translation of the Bulletin into French has been provided by the Government of France, Québec, and the International Organization of La Francophonie/Institute for Sustainable Development of La Francophonie (IOF/IFDD).

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