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13th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 13)

6-16 September 2017 | Ordos, China

Highlights for Wednesday, 13 September 2017

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Marcos Montoiro, UNCCD Secretariat, consulting with participants from civil society organizations (CSOs)

On Wednesday, 13 September, UNCCD COP 13 delegates convened in a morning plenary meeting of the COW to consider: implementation of the comprehensive communication strategy and the UN Decade for Deserts and the Fight against Desertification (2010-2020); promotion and strengthening of relationships with other relevant conventions and international organizations, institutions and agencies; participation and involvement of civil society organizations and the private sector in meetings and processes of the UNCCD; and the business engagement strategy.

In the afternoon, the CRIC adopted six draft decisions on: development and implementation of strategies through national action programmes to achieve the objectives of the Convention in light of target 15.3 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; mobilization of resources for the implementation of the Convention; collaboration with the Global Environment Facility (GEF); and two draft decisions on procedural matters. COW contact groups on the budget and on other matters met during the day and late into the evening.

IISD Reporting Services, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, has provided daily web coverage, daily reports, and a summary and analysis report from the UNCCD COP 13. The summary and analysis report is now available in HTML and PDF.

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Committee of the Whole (COW)

COW Chair Nosipho Ngcaba

Sophiko Akhobadze, Executive Director, Regional Environmental Center for the Caucasus, Georgia, making a statement on behalf of the CSO Panel

Bariş Karapinar, Lead Author, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, making a statement on behalf of the CSO Panel

Marcos Montoiro, UNCCD Secretariat

Jones Muleso Kharika, UNCCD Secretariat

Heruy Asghedom, Eritrea

Helge Elisabeth Zeitler, EU

Kulov Kubanychbek, Kyrgyzstan

Britta Hackenberg, Namibia

CSO participants at the COW session

L-R: Alexandru Marchis, UNCCD Secretariat; and Simone Quatrini, Global Mechanism (GM)

Marioldy Sánchez Santivañez, Asociación para la Investigación y Desarrollo Integral (AIDER), Peru

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

CRIC Chair Aliyu Bananda

L-R: Sabine Sakr, UNCCD Secretariat; CRIC Chair Aliyu Bananda; and June Budhooram, Secretary

Atelaite Matoto, Tonga

Christina Blank, Switzerland

L-R: Nelson Jossamo; Mario Custódio; and Armindo Cambule, Mozambique

L-R: Melissa Cotterill, Australia, with Marcus Davies and Bob Turnock, Canada

Photos from the Launch of the LDN Fund


Photos from the Kubuqi Desert field trip hosted by the Elion Resources Group and the Government of China

COP 13 Snapshots

Logos of local companies supporting COP 13

View of a side event on the Voluntary Guidelines on Sustainable Soil Management organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)

View of the "Save the Earth," a Green Corps digital exhibition on land degradation

L-R: Frederika Teixeira; Edison Espiritu; and Marie-Paule Lorka-Lavri, UNCCD Secretariat

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Specific funding for coverage of UNCCD COP 13 has been provided by the People’s Republic of China
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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 and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. General Support for the Bulletin during 2017 is provided by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB), Italian Ministry for the Environment, Land and Sea, Japanese Ministry of Environment (through the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies - IGES), New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Switzerland (Swiss Federal Office for the Environment (FOEN)), and SWAN International. Specific funding for coverage of this meeting has been provided by the People’s Republic of China. Funding for translation of the Bulletin into French has been provided by the Government of France, Québec, and the International Organization of La Francophonie/Institute for Sustainable Development of La Francophonie (IOF/IFDD).

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