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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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UNCCD 12 participants from civil society consulting with Juan Luis Mérega, Chair of the CSO Panel

UNCCDUNCCD COP 12 participants convened in a morning COW session, to consider the communication strategy, synergies among the Rio Conventions, accreditation of CSOs, and decision-making procedures, among other issues. On the question of regional coordination, delegates were informed of Turkey’s initiative to establish a regional coordinating unit (RCU) in Turkey for Annex IV countries, also to be coordinated with Annex V countries, as well as the call by the 15th Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment to re-establish the African RCU in a suitable host institution in Africa. Contact groups convened throughout the day, to develop draft decisions on COP 12 agenda items.

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)

L-R: Massimo Candelori, UNCCD Secretariat; Thomas Tichelmann, Chair of the COW (Ireland); Jullyette Ukabiala, Secretary of the COW

Thomas Tichelmann, Chair of the COW (Ireland)

Massimo Candelori, UNCCD Secretariat

Marcos Montoiro, UNCCD Secretariat

Juan Luis Mérega, Chair of the CSO Panel

Delegates from the US in consultation

Jean-Marc Sinnassamy, Global Environment Facility (GEF)

Teena Browning, Australia

Pedro Berliner, Israel

Moussa Hassane, Niger

Agus Muktamar, Indonesia

Jorge Luis Garcia, Mexico

L-R: Hamda Aloui, Tunisia, in discussion with Nabil Benkhatra and Maxime Thibon, Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS)

Delegates from Kenya consulting

Delegates from Indonesia

Land for Life Day at the Rio Conventions Pavilion

The Rio Conventions Pavilion convened under the theme “Land for Life.” Activities included a discussion with the 2015 Land for Life award winners, an open forum, titled “Secrets behind the success of stakeholder engagement in achieving land degradation neutrality,” a film showing land restoration activities, and interactive presentations asking “Is LDN compelling and achievable?” Participants discussed, inter alia: stakeholder engagement strategies; translation of scientific knowledge for policy makers and local communities; the need for political will and commitment; and restoration benefits, including social capital and natural capital.

Above photo: View of the opening remarks presented by Dennis Garrity, UNCCD Drylands Ambassador

Rajeb Boulharouf, UNCCD Secretariat

Maximillian Abouleisch-Boes, SEKEM

Dennis Garrity, UNCCD Drylands Ambassador

Erdoğan Özevren, Turkey

Francophone High-level Consultation at the margins of the UNCCD COP 12

The Institut de la Francophonie pour le Développement Durable, a subsidiary body of the International Organization of the
Francophonie (OIF), under the chairmanship of Senegal and in cooperation with the UNCCD Secretariat, organized a discussion on the topic of
how to use the fight against climate change and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as leverage for soil preservation. Speakers highlighted that, with the Paris Climate Change Conference and the SDGs both incorporating land issues, land is well positioned on the international agenda and the UNCCD COP should send a strong and clear messages about these linkages. The land degradation neutrality (LDN) target was highlighted as an important element to drive UNCCD action, and was compared with the climate change goal of keeping temperature increases below 2˚C and the Convention on Biological Diversity's Aichi targets. The Francophonie were encouraged to become a community of action, and to keep in mind that land is at the heart of sustainable development solutions.

Speakers at the event included: Monique Barbut, UNCCD Executive Secretary; Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP; Xavier Sticker, Head of the French delegation; Markus Repnik, Managing Director, Global Mechanism of the UNCCD; Abdoulay Dia, Executive Secretary of the Pan-African Agency of the Great Green Wall; Maxime Thibon, Sahara and Sahel Observatory; Jean-Marc Sinnassamy, GEF; and Patrice Burger, CARI

L-R: Ibrahim Thiaw, Deputy Executive Director, UNEP; Monique Barbut, UNCCD Executive Secretary; Amb. Moustapha Mbacké,
Senegal; Arona Soumare, OIF; and Xavier Sticker, Head of French delegation

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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).