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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, 8 September 2017

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L-R: Marcus Davies, Canada, in a conversation with Barbara De Rosa-Joynt, US

In the morning, UNCCD COP 13 participants reconvened in parallel sessions of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST) and the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC) to discuss agenda items, with the COW meeting in plenary in the afternoon. Negotiations in contact groups continued on draft decisions related to the COP, CRIC and CST agendas. A Youth Forum was held throughout the day.

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UNCCD COP 13 commemorative postal stamps and envelopes


Committee on Science and Technology (CST)

Hamid Čustović, Bosnia and Herzegovina, CST Chair, convenes the CST session


Richard Thomas, International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)

Wafa Essahli, Environmental Information for Sustainable Development for Enhanced Management

Mohammed Alzuhairi, Iraq


Kulov Kubanychbek, Kyrgyzstan

Nina Ingrid Vik, Norway

Jorge Luis García, Mexico


Hernando García Martínez, Colombia

Nana Bolashvili, Georgia

Klaus Kellner, South Africa


Mariam Akhtar-Schuster, Science-Policy Interface (SPI)


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

Aliyu Bananda, Nigeria, CRIC Chair


Chizuru Aoki, Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Sven Walter, Global Mechanism (GM)


Mohsen Abdolhoseini, Iran

Marijana Kapović Solomun, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Jason Williams, Antigua and Barbuda


Mohammad Azizul Haque, Bangladesh

Dominga Polanco, Dominican Republic

Puta Tofinga, Kiribati


Sam Contreras, the Philippines

Ana María Rivero Santos, Colombia

Richard Lungu Mfumu, Zambia


L-R: David Oswald, DE Design + Environment, and Simone Quatrini, GM


Committee of the Whole (COW)

Nosipho Ngcaba, COW Chair, convenes the afternoon session of the COW


Nosipho Ngcaba, COW Chair


L-R: Abdourahamane Mariama, Noura Fatchima, Boubacar Zalia Yacouba, Niger


Marcus Davies, Canada

Anna Ballance, EU

Shonisani Munzhedzi, South Africa


Youth Forum

L-R: Zhang Hongwen, China; Monique Barbut, UNCCD Executive Secretary; and Zhang Yongli, Vice Administrator, State Forestry Administration, China


Participants at the Youth Forum


L-R: Liu Fangfei, Anchor, China Central Television; and Marcos Montoiro, UNCCD Secretariat



COP 13 Snapshots

Delegates from Togo with their UNCCD conference bags


Wagaki Wischnewski, UNCCD Secretariat (center) posing with UN Security


Participants register for a field trip organized by the Government of China






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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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