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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

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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

Participants from Civil Society Organizations (CSO) at the close of the CSO Open Dialogue

UNCCDUNCCD COP 12 participants convened in the CST during the morning and afternoon. CST participants discussed IPBES’ ongoing global land degradation and restoration assessment, the SKBP, the roster of experts, and other topics. An afternoon plenary dialogue with CSOs focused on the theme, “Demystifying LDN with CSO Contributions.” Contact groups also met to discuss draft decisions related to the COP, CRIC and CST agendas, with a view to completing the CST and CRIC’s work on Friday, 16 October.

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 on Science and Technology (CST)

L-R: Sara Minelli, UNCCD Secretariat, and Uriel Safriel, Chair of the CST (Israel)

Hien Ngo, Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Secretariat (IPBES)

Adem Bilgin, IPBES Bureau

CST participants heard a presentation by IPBES

Ahmet Senyaz, Turkey

Abdou Maiga, Mali

Gordon Toevs, US

CST Chair Uriel Safriel, in his role as SPI Co-Chair, presented on the SPI work programme

Alganesh Tesema, Ethiopia

Akiko Nakano, Japan

Sally Bunning, Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

Mohamed Qarro, Morocco

Mohammed Jawad
, Iraq

Hassam Hendy, Egypt

Samuel Contreras, the Philippines

Nina Vik, Norway

Markus Giger, Switzerland

COP: Civil Society Open Dialogue Session

L-R: Noel Oettlé, Environmental Monitoring Group, South Africa, Facilitator; Sedat Kadioglu, Deputy Undersecretary, Ministry for Forestry and Water Affairs, Turkey, on behalf of COP 12 President; Jullyette Ukabiala, COP 12 Secretary; and Marcos Montoiro, UNCCD Secretariat

Patrice Burger, Centre d'actions et de réalisations internationales (CARI)

Jonathan Davies, IUCN

L-R: Tanveer Arif, Society for Conservation and Protection of Environment (SCOPE); Marioldy Sanchez Santivañez,
Asociación para la Investigación y el Desarrollo Integral (AIDER), Peru; and Aissatou Billy Sow, Association Guinée pour la
promotion des énergies renouvelables (AGUIPER)

Teofilus Nghitila, Namibia

Macina Gogo Banel, Senegal

Orhan Dengiz, Turkey

L-R: Serkan Aykut, Foresters' Association of Turkey; Gloria Musowa, Kasisi Agricultural Training Center, Zambia; and
Patrice Burger, CARI

Octavio Pérez Pardo, Colegio de Ingeniería Agronómica de Santiago del Estero (CIASE), Argentina

Emmanuel Seck, ENDA, Senegal

Contact Group on Budget

Delegates "crunching numbers" in the contact group on budget

UNCCD COP 12 Snapshots

An ethnic Turk weaving thread from the hair of the Kilkecisi goat

Ismail Belen, Committee on Mediterranean Forestry Questions, making a presentation at the Turkish Pavilion

Marcus Walsh, Africa Soil Information Service, Earth Institute, US, delivering his presentation at the Rio Conventions Pavilion

UNCCD COP 12 participants learning traditional Turkish art

Calligrapher Serdar Kipdemir creating souvenir artwork for UNCCD COP 12 participants

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).