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Climate Change Policy & Practice
Second Special Session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-2) of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and Ninth Session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 9)

16-18 and 21-25 February 2011 | Bonn, Germany
Highlights for Thursday, 24 February 2011

On Thursday morning, 24 February, delegates at CRIC 9 met in two contact groups. In the afternoon, delegates convened in plenary for interactive sessions on the outcome of the reporting process.

The interactive sessions were chaired by Conrod Hunte, Antigua and Barbuda. Sem Shikongo, Namibia, moderated the interactive session on NAP alignment including SRAP and RAP. At the conclusion of the hour-long discussion, Shikongo summed up the discussion, noting that countries do not need to wait for the NAP alignment process to conclude before they begin implementing the Strategy, and countries can use the alignment process as an opportunity to revise their NAPs.

Manfred Konukiewitz, Germany, moderated the session on financial flows. Following the hour-long discussion, Konukiewitz noted there had been an emphasis on tapping domestic resources as well as external aid money. He noted that the challenge is to leverage private investments through small, targeted public and seed money. He said he would take the issue of SLM to the discussions on the green climate fund, and highlighted the need to ensure that land is represented in climate discussions.

Mohamed Ismail, Arab Maghreb Union, moderated the session on best practices on SLM technologies. During this hour-long discussion, participants noted the role for capacity building and education, to help users assimilate lessons learned, along with the value of demonstration plots and extension services. A focus on “suitable technology” was also proposed.

Delegates also discussed issues related to the CRIC agenda in regional groups and side events during the day, with the latter addressing: country parties and the Global Mechanism; Mali’s national biodiversity strategy; integrative DLDD risk management; and cooperation among the Rio Conventions for engagement of the private sector.
View of the Rhine river in Bonn
During the morning, CRIC 9 delegates in Contact Group 1 considered the assessment of implementation and review of financial flows, chaired by Naser Moghaddasi (Iran).
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Contact Group 2, on improving the quality and format of the reports and other matters, met during the morning, chaired by Armando Alanis (Mexico).
Contact Group 2

Thematic Interactive Sessions on the Outcome of the Reporting Process
Sem Shikongo, Head of the International Environmental Conventions Unit, Ministry of Environment and Tourism, Namibia, led the interactive session on “Outcome of reporting on operational objectives 1-5: NAP alignment including SRAP and RAP.”
Manfred Konukiewitz, Deputy Director General for Global and Sectoral Affairs, German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, led the interactive session on “Financial flows for the implementation of the Convention: Going for innovative financing for sustainable land management.”
Mohamed Ismail, Food Security and Environmental Specialist, Arab Maghreb Union, Morocco, moderated the interactive session on “Best practices on sustainable land management technologies, including adaptation.”

Interactive Sessions
Kubanychbek Kulov, Kyrgyz Research Irrigation Institute, Kyrgyzstan.
Liu Tuo, State Forestry Administration, China.
Mohamed Moussa Ibrahim, Djibouti.

Around the Venue
Ismail Abdel Galil Hussein, Egypt; Abdelkader Khelifa, Algeria; Federico Navia, Argentina; Mohamed Ismail, Arab Maghreb Union.
Sem Shikongo, Namibia, and Wagaki Mwangi, UNCCD Secretariat.
CRIC 9 delegates were greeted with some snow on Thursday morning.
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UNCCD resources
*Meetings website
*CST-S2 documents
*CRIC 9 documents
*UNCCD Global Mechanism

IISD RS resources
IISD RS coverage of the Ninth Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 9), 21 September - 2 October 2009, Buenos Aires, Argentina
*IISD RS coverage of UNCCD CST S-1 and CRIC 7, 3-14 November 2008, Istanbul, Turkey
*IISD RS coverage of UNCCD High-Level Policy Dialogue, 27 May 2008, Bonn, Germany
*IISD RS summary of the First Extraordinary Session of the Conference of the Parties (ESCOP) to the UNCCD, 26 November 2007, UN headquarters, New York, United States of America (HTML - PDF)
*IISD RS coverage of UNCCD COP 8, 3-14 September 2007, Madrid, Spain
*IISD RS coverage of UNCCD CRIC 5, 12-21 March 2007, Buenos Aires, Argentina
*IISD RS coverage of UNCCD COP 7, 17-28 October 2005, Nairobi, Kenya
*IISD RS archive of sustainable development meetings
*Coverage of previous UNCCD COPs, CRIC and other related meetings by IISD-RS
*Land-L - A news and announcement list on land policy issues
*SIDS Policy and Practice - A Knowledgebase on the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States
*Sustainable Development Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of International Activities Preparing for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development
*Biodiversity Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing International Biodiversity Policy
*Climate Change Policy & Practice - A Knowledgebase of UN and Intergovernmental Activities Addressing Global Climate Change Policy
*Linkages Update - Bi-weekly international environment and sustainable development news
*MEA Bulletin - Newsletter on key MEAs and their secretariats
*African Regional Coverage
*Latin America and Caribbean Regional Coverage
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