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

6-16 September 2017 | Ordos, China

Highlights for Friday, 15 September 2017

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Delegates from the Committee of the Whole (COW) contact group on programme and budget in an informal
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UNCCD COP 13 delegates worked in two contact groups of the Conference of the Whole (COW), on budget and on other matters, throughout the morning and lunchtime on Friday, 15 September, to complete their negotiations. The final meetings of the COW convened at 4:30 pm to review the draft decisions from these contact groups, with a view to recommending them for adoption during a COP plenary session. After adoption of the COW draft decisions, a COP plenary session followed, during which the COP adopted 15 COW decisions, and nine COP decisions.

During the closing session, COP 13 President Zhang Jianlong encouraged the youth to take action to combat desertification in the future. UNCCD Executive Secretary Monique Barbut affirmed that COP 13 took bold steps for the Convention, which now had a clear, action-oriented path forward. She summarized the new initiatives established during COP 13, including on drought, migration, gender, and sand and dust storms, as well as the launching of the LDN Fund and Global Land Outlook. Zhang Jianlong gaveled COP 13 to a close at 6:45 pm.

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COW contact group on programme and budget

View of the COW contact group on programme and budget waiting for delegates to return from informal consultations


L-R: Patrick Wegerdt, EU, Chair of the COW contact group on programme and budget, in conversation with Randolph Edmead, Saint Kitts and Nevis

Committee of the Whole (COW)

Interim Chair Skumsa Mancotywa, South Africa, standing in for COW Chair Nosipho Ngcaba, South Africa, resumed the COW proceedings


Luís Constantino, Angola, Chair of the COW contact group on other matters


Delegates on their way to the COW contact group on other matters


Helge Elisabeth Zeitler, EU

Christine Dawson, US



Interim COW Chair Skumsa Mancotywa, gaveled the COW to a close at 5:31 pm

Conference of the Parties (COP)

L-R: Jia Xiaoxia, China, on behalf of the COP 13 President; Carmen Margina, UNCCD Secretariat; and Rajeb Boulharouf, Chef de Cabinet, UNCCD Secretariat


UNCCD Executive Secretary Monique Barbut

COP 13 President Zhang Jianlong



Trevor Benn, Rapporteur


COP 13 President Zhang Jianlong, gaveled the meeting to a close at 6:45 pm


UNCCD Executive Secretary Monique Barbut, congratulating COP 13 President Zhang Jianlong



COP 13 Snapshots

UNCCD Executive Secretary Monique Barbut, and delegates from the EU


Delegates from the Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC), with a delegate from Algeria


Participants from civil society organizations, local staff and UNCCD secretariat


L-R: Frederika Teixeira and Bukuru Melchiade, UNCCD Secretariat

L-R: Gigi Baldovino Gosnell and Mukondi Masithi, South Africa



Postcards of landmarks from Ordos


L-R: ENB team at UNCCD COP 13, Ordos, China, with Guang Yang; Suzi Malan; Kelly Sharp; Jessica Wang; Franz Dejon; Wangu Mwangi; Dina Hestad and Laura Russo







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Specific funding for coverage of UNCCD COP 13 has been provided by the People’s Republic of China
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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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