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12th Session of the Conference of the Parties
to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 12)

12-23 October 2015 | Ankara, Turkey

Highlights for Wednesday, 14 October 2015

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Delegates consulting in the atrium of the Congresium Ankara, the UNCCD COP 12 venue


On Wednesday, 14 October, UNCCD COP 12 participants discussed agenda items in the CST and CRIC during parallel morning and afternoon sessions, and engaged in negotiations in contact groups on draft decisions related to the COP, CRIC and CST agendas.

IISD Reporting Services, through its ENB Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage and daily reports from the 12th Session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. In addition, IISD Reporting Services, has published a summary and analysis of UNCCD COP 12, which is available in HTML and PDF. Available in ENB Mobile at

Committee of the Whole (COW)

Thomas Tichelmann, Chair of the COW (Ireland), briefly convened the COW in the morning.

Committee on Science and Technology (CST)

Uriel Safriel, Chair of the CST (Israel)

Mariam Akhtar-Schuster, Co-Chair of the UNCCD Science-Policy Interface (SPI)

CST session with Nina Vik, Norway, making her intervention

L-R: Mariam Akhtar-Schuster, Co-Chair of the SPI; Matthias Magunda, CST Rapporteur (Uganda); Victor Castillo, UNCCD
Secretariat; and Uriel Safriel, Chair of the CST (Israel)

Wenguo Zhang, China

Odalys Goicochea Cardoso, Cuba

Simon Angombe, Namibia

Görücü Özden, Turkey

Olena Rakoid
, Ukraine

Ibrahim Sounkarou Ndiaye, Senegal

German Kust, Russian Federation

Maurizio Sciortino
, Italy

Yaïr Levy, OZG Belgium

Delegates from Turkey

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

L-R: Anja Thust, UNCCD Secretariat, and Patrick Wegerdt, Vice-Chair of the CRIC (EU)

Simone Quatrini, Global Mechanism (GM)

Chizuru Aoki, Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Ambroise Zanga, Central African Republic

Sun Guoshun
, China

Haendel Sebastian Rodriguez Gonzalez, Colombia

Karma Dema Dorji, Bhutan

Boubacar Zalia Yacouba, Niger

Cindy Ehmes, Federated States of Micronesia

L-R: Belsis Llorente Díaz, Cuba, in informal consultation with Bongani Masuku, Swaziland

UNCCD COP 12 Snapshots

A sample of photos from the UNCCD COP 12 photo competition

L-R: Skumsa Mancotywa, Muleso Jones Kharika, Susan Mulaudzi, South Africa

Josephine Agbo, Integrated Development in Focus Ghana, delivering her presentation at the Rio Conventions Pavilion.

Participants from civil society consulting

Participants signing up for the weekend technical trips

Kilkecisi goat at the ethnic Turk village

Replica of an ethnic Turk village

ENB Daily Coverage—About | 12 Oct | 13 Oct | 14 Oct | 15 Oct | 16 Oct | 19 Oct | 20 Oct | 21 Oct | 22 Oct | 23 Oct | Summary
Specific funding for coverage of UNCCD COP 12 has been provided by the
European Commission, the UNCCD Secretariat and the Ministry of Forest and Water Management of Turkey
EC UNCCD Ministry of Forest and Water Management of Turkey

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, the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES), the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, SWAN International, Government of Switzerland (the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN), the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC), and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Funding for translation of the Bulletin into French is provided by the Government of France, the Wallonia, Québec, and the International Organization of La Francophonie/Institute for Sustainable Development of La Francophonie (IOF/IFDD).