An artist paints next to the dias of UNCCD Science Day as researchers grapple with the challenge of communicating their work
Delegates attending the 14th Conference of the Parties (COP 14) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) reviewed progress in implementing policy advocacy frameworks on drought, sand and dust storms, gender and migration, that were adopted at COP 13 in 2017.
Delegates also addressed the role of the Science-Policy Interface (SPI) and the UNCCD Knowledge Hub in analyzing and disseminating knowledge and best practices.
In the afternoon, the COP held the first of two open dialogue sessions with civil society, which focused on how to enhance land tenure security in the context of land degradation neutrality (LDN). The dialogue highlighted, among other issues:
the contribution of land tenure security to the achievement of the Convention’s 2030 objectives, especially on land restoration;
mechanisms for legally recognizing the collective and customary tenure rights of indigenous peoples and local communities; and
how to strengthen gender-responsive processes in land-related decision making.
Many delegates commended the tireless efforts of CSOs to ensure that land tenure is recognized as one of the new and emerging themes on the official agenda of COP 14.
The fourth day of COP 14 also coincided with the Science Day at the Rio Conventions Pavilion, taking place on the sidelines of the Conference. This created a natural link between discussions at the two settings, providing an opportunity to showcase how scientific collaboration can enhance synergies across the three Conventions.
One of the sessions of the Day presented the recent scientific assessments by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) exploring how land-based solutions can contribute to, respectively, combating climate change and strengthening biodiversity conservation.
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Sharma Sangeeta, CRIC Secretary; and Johns Muleso Kharika, UNCCD Secretariat
Participants during the Committee of the Whole session
Hemantha Withanage, Civil Society representative, India
Abeer Alabri, Kuwait
Naiim Moselhy, Egypt
Anvar Eshonov, Tajikistan
Committee on Science and Technology
Jeroen van Dalen, UNCCD Secretariat, Barron Orr, UNCCD Lead Scientist, CST 14 Chair Carl Kojo Fiati, and Carmen Margina, UNCCD Secretariat
Participants during the Committee on Science and Technology session
Civil Society Dialogue
Pradeep Monga, UNCCD Deputy Executive Secretary; Chandra Kishore Mishra, Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change; and Carmen Margina, UNCCD Secretariat
Nicolae Ciubotaru, NGO BIOS; Naghi Zadeh, Centre for Sustainable Development and Environment (CENESTA); Pablo Mota, Mision Verde Amazonia; and Goundo Sissoko, Reseau des Femmes pour les Droits Environnementaux
Nathalie Van Haren, Both ENDS
Facilitator Octavio Perez Pardo, Colegio de Ingenieros Agronómicos de Santiago del Estero, and Marcos Montoiro, UNCCD Secretariat
Goundo Sissoko, Reseau des Femmes pour les Droits Environnementaux
Nahid Naghizadeh, CENESTA
Nicolae Ciubotaru, NGO BIOS
Facilitator Octavio Perez Pardo, Colegio de Ingenieros Agronómicos de Santiago del Estero
Tanja Gren, EU
Ana Maria Rivero, Colombia
Nicolas Gauna, Argentina
Pablo Mota, Mision Verde Amazonia
CSO leaders assemble at the close of an open dialogue session on land tenure.
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